What is the future of the world? We are obsessed with celebrities and fame. More people vote in reality TV shows such as American Idol than in elections. Youngsters know more about celebrity gossip than news around the world. We are more obsessed with beauty and the latest fashion trends than the latest scientific discoveries. Thus, we know about Madonna’s adopted child, Aishwarya Rai’s wedding, Paris Hilton’s jail sentence, and the winner of American Idol in detail; but what do we know about the fighting in Lebanon, the World Bank’s new president and bird flu in Asia. Ask any young man or woman and they’ll be sure to answer all or most of the questions from the former list correctly and profess ignorance in the latter.
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