|Idiocracy is a quietly-released movie from Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill, and of course, Office Space. Quite simply, it's not a very good movie, so I wouldn't recommend watching it. It might be one of those that you need to see a few times to actually enjoy it. If that's the case, oh well. But it did make a couple interesting points:
1. Belief in advertising. In the movie, Americans in the year 2505 have dumbed down quite a bit. Brawndo, a company that makes electrolyte-infused beverages, has convinced consumers that electrolytes are the best thing for everybody and everything. When a smart guy asks why the people are feeding their plants Brawndo, the people answer with marketing slogans like "Because Brawndo has electrolytes" and "Plants crave Brawndo". Personally, I find myself believing things about specific products and services because their marketing slogans have been permanently branded on my brain. A diamond is forever. Melts in your mouth, not in your hand. What happens in Vegas stay in Vegas. These are all slogans, not facts. It's dangerous when a company uses a perceived fact or a personal opinion as the statement that represents a product to millions of people. Eventually, people start to believe it.
2. Quality of entertainment. All entertainment in the year 2505 is centered around sex, violence, and stupidity. TV shows include "Ow! My Balls!" and "Monday Night Rehabilitation". Most restaurants and coffee shops are a mere front end for sexual favors. And as disturbing and offensive as this all sounds, it's hardly a far cry from our current world. Jackass the Movie. Court TV. Jackass Number 2. Gentleman's clubs. The Bachelor. Take another step or two, and you're right there in the year 2505. #entertainment