Originally Posted by THX1311
I believe that this problem is just a symptom of the Disease of "forced equality for all"
that appears to have been successfully imposed by Western Liberal social Engineers and the numerous, Entitlement minded, marginal performers who benefit from any lack of real objective performance standards .
(School teachers, College "professors", career politicians).
Why do you bring politics and conspiracy theories into just about every thread you post in? Maybe you're just prone to suspecting conspiracies everywhere due to the fact that your profile on this site is a lie - you've been banned here at least twice before, including one profile with your real name. You've persistently used this site as a platform to spread your paranoid fantasies about bankers, politicians and the "global elite" while hypocritically misrepresenting yourself in a dishonest fashion. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
Equality for all is not about molly coddling people or "western liberal social engineering" - equality in the political sense is about the right for everyone to have equal access to education, health care, the right to vote, freedom from arbitrary discrimination (gender, sexuality, etc), and other basic, fundamental human rights that one should expect in a modern, progressive society. As such, I think politics are irrelevant to this discussion. Because ultimately, politicians aren't telling everyone they're special - society is.
A few people have mentioned the internet as a critical element of this rising tide of mediocrity glorification, and I have to agree with that. It's this unfettered international platform that's giving absolutely everyone a voice (not a bad thing inherently) to spread their opinions as fact (not such a good thing). Two decades ago, we got our information from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. We trusted these sources largely because the people writing them had qualifications and demonstrated expertise in their respective fields (well, for the most part - I'm not including trashy celebrity rags which have been around since the dawn of publishing). Referencing and fact-checking were par for the course. But these days, anyone can put any information out there for the whole world to see, and increasingly people are accepting this information without thinking about it critically, or doing any fact-checking themselves.
Similarly, increasingly easy access to technology is giving everyone the ability to indulge creativity on a whim, regardless of whether they've actually put any prior effort into developing any of their creative skills. Suddenly anyone who downloads a crack of Photoshop and cuts a few animé pictures from art on the web, sticks it on a background and blurs some pixels is celebrated as an artist on deviantart. And people's perception of what's good and what isn't is naturally being dragged down because of this flood of crap that's being celebrated as good.
Great art has always been outnumbered by poor art. But I don't think we've ever experienced an age where the crap is praised as much as it is today, simply because we've never before had a platform that's made so much crap available to everyone until very recently. What started as the information superhighway has turned into something else, something uglier. Of course the web still has many advantages, and I think these do outweigh the negatives, but we cannot ignore this increasing tide that's skewed the signal to noise ratio.