Rich or Famous = Smart?

Don’t you hate it when you see some famous movie star, athlete, or singer being interviewed on something that’s NOT about movies, sports, or songs? I mean, why would I care anymore about your thoughts on politics, religion, business, science, or society than some random person on the street? So what you have money now, and can travel abroad, or meet an author of a book you read, or did in-depth character research before you PRETEND to be someone else. How does any of that qualify you to talk about relations with China or how to deal with the mentally ill?

Furthermore, why do we think EVERY wealthy business person made their money from hard, honest work? True, a lot have and I have nothing but respect for them…but a lot others were either lucky, had family money, or were screwing over others to get ahead. I don’t care about their opinion on economic growth or growing the middle class.

We need to stop equating money and fame with intelligence in this country…if we did that, maybe we’d see how stupid a lot of us are.


About Robbie

I live in the awesome city of Austin, TX and work for Canonical, sponsors of the best damn operating system in the world...Ubuntu.

Posted on October 15, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I think that we do this because people are more likely to listen to someone familiar, even if they’re a layperson, instead of a complete stranger who is an “expert”. Most of us trust our friends and family across a variety of fields, despite their not having expertise in many of them.

    So the next question is…how do we make sure that the famous people are promoting the right messages, backed up by subject matter experts? Instead of trying to discourage this phenomenon, we should turn it to our advantage.

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