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By Helen Razer, Bernard Keane

How did every little thing get so dumb? How did we develop into hostages to idiocy? What needs to we do to be free of a captor whose ransom notice easily reads, 'D'oh'?

The deteriorating caliber of our public debate and the dwindling of good judgment in media, politics and tradition can force you to melancholy and rage. It definitely drove writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane to a determined act: befriending one another for lengthy adequate to jot down a e-book. subscribe to forces with those uneasy allies to struggle opposed to an international that has misplaced its cause. discover what's in the back of the remorseless unfold of idiocy, and why there's in order that a lot rattling silly round you.

Stupid isn't simply lack of information; it's not only laziness. Worse than the absence of suggestion, silly is a plague that drains our productiveness and leaves us ailing and reduced. And silly has a protracted, advanced and negative previous, one we have to comprehend which will defeat it.

A brief historical past of Stupid lines the origins of this maddening unwell, studying the various ways that we've been troubled during the last 3 thousand years. It damns those that have unfold silly and celebrates the courageous few who resisted. It exhibits how silly tightens the grubby grip of the silly round our throats. Hilarious, clever, disagreeable, infuriating and impolite, A brief heritage of Stupid is instantaneously a provocation and a convenience. it's going to spark debate, soothe the terminally pissed off and outrage the righteously silly. it's a publication whose silly time has come.

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It's not a lesson in perspective. It's not a lesson in anything. It's just a deep, dark void of despair. It's when people think they're hitting rock-bottom and they just keep going. I experienced a crash of sorts myself a few years ago. It wasn't so much a smashing-down-the-rocky-slope crash as a serious prank. But it was one of those that are going to give you Why We Say Fuck It I 27 whiplash injuries bad enough to keep an osteopath's children at public school for a day a week at least. Let me set the scene of this everyday collision.

And previously in workshops like that I might have cried a little and everyone would feel for me, see me as a man really getting in touch with his feminine side, put an arm round me and give me a hug. But I blabbed like a baby. No one could touch me. Nothing would help. I was at the centre of a beautiful therapeutic exercise which really should have worked for me. But I was in the same empty, dead and dull space afterwards as I was before. And I learned something about therapeutic groups: the patience for people in a difficult place is not that deep ...

I notice it even more now that I only surface in Blighty occasionally. You're so uptight and moany. There were endless pieces just this summer about Posh Becks being too thin: that she eats just the inside of a banana skin and licks the salt off a crisp every meal. They screamed that she is such a terrible example to all young women. Well, I'm sorry, but isn't she a great example to all young women? Yes, girls, that woman ain't pretty. She doesn't do it for us boys. Please feel free to chub out a bit, eat lots of ice cream, then you'll get even more of us crossing the dance floor to ask you for a dance ...

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