In 2006, our culture peaked at the intelligence level of a third grader two weeks away from winter break. Important questions were asked, like "who would win in a fight, a ground shark or an aqua-tiger?" (via SeatSmart)
Andrew Powell-Morse of the entertainment data blog SeatSmart did some number-crunching recently to answer the age-old question, "is it just me, or is music getting dumber?" It's not just you, hypothetical person. It is really stupid. This confirms my theory that 2015 is both the smartest and dumbest year in recorded history—on the one hand, we're all using advanced technology to discuss the findings of a data-crunching blog. On the other hand, those findings are that popular music is operating on a third grade reading level. OK, that's rounding up. Way up. Popular music is operating on a just-started-the-second-semester-of-second-grade level.
Country seems to be the top turd on this turd pile (hey, it's not like I need to write better than they do), probably because it's hard to find new and creative ways to say your spouse left you and drove you to drink. (via SeatSmart)
"Oh," I'm sure you're thinking, "but I'm sure the genre of music I'm into is much smarter. It must be way smarter, for sure, than the idiotic lyrics of the genre of music I don't like." Nope, sorry. Rock, pop, country, and hip-hop/R&B have all sunk to the same pathetic level in some kind of idiocy arms race. Sure, there are up years and down years, but no one can look at these graphs with pride.