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LETTERS: Technoloy part of the dumbing down process

Cal Thomas' recent column "Increasingly idiotic pop culture leads to dumb voters," Jan. 4, 6A_ had the overall theme of "don't die stupid." Our youth and young adults (age 40s and below) are so enamored with technology that they are missing a connection with what made America exceptional.

Of course our president says we are not any different from other cultures, but I beg to differ. A nation founded on God's principles as set forth in the Constitution of the United is different/exceptional. A nation founded on freedom and strengthened by individual rights; a nation which pulled its self out of a depression; a nation which went to war with ungodly leaders and led the world to victory; a nation which has fed the world unselfishly and a plethora of other acts is certainly exceptional.

Our problem today, which could lead us away from this exceptional state, is our current trend toward mediocrity on the part of our most capable youth and young adults. The lethargic approach to challenges and their apparent rejection of becoming the leaders of tomorrow is disturbing. One of the most telling evidences of lack of goals and objectives by this group is their dependence on technology as expressed in the endless time spent on cellphones, iPods, flat-screen television, texting and computer games. If this seems absurd to you, I challenge you to carry on a conversation with individuals from that group of people. They will ignore you, put you on hold or divert the brief conversation to "more interesting" subject matter suddenly appearing on their Xbox, cellphone, Blackberry, etc.

The point is that the "idiotic pop culture" of today has captured and dominated our society. The real crux of the dilemma is that the end product is the "dumbing down of America." Technology is not the key to success. The utilization of technology to open new doors of productivity is the key. It can be summed up with: hard work and determination to lead and design America to ultimate success as a nation. In closing, I am not say all youth and young-adults fall into this category, but there is an inordinate number who do.

-- Don Ashworth, Loganville