More proof, if any was needed, of just how ignorant and provincial American pop culture has become: Discovery Channel has published a list of the 100 Greatest Americans that is appalling. I mean, it's not just the same old dumb stuff we should all be used to by now. It's a horrific indictment of the basic level of cultural awareness of the TV-ravaged, mall-walking masses.
Included on the list of greatest Americans, along with Australian Mel Gibson, are:
Bret Favre? Barak Obama, who has done nothing but make one speech on TV?
Omited from the list, just to name a few, are:
Lewis and Clark
Frank Lloyd Wright
The 100 Greatest Americans were chosen based on that most irrelevant of methods, an Internet Poll.
I generally like Americans, and not just because I am one. But no country can survive that has so little understanding of its own history and cultural wealth. Maybe I'm just having a bad morning, but this list is frightening.
Via NewMexiKen, who's a lot calmer about this than I am.