Is it fashionable to pretend to be an airhead?
This morning I was listening to one of the popular FM radio stations on the way to the office from a meeting. There was a competition going on. Callers were being asked very simple questions – if they answered 3 of the questions, they would qualify for a prize.
So one of the questions was: Complete the name of the following James Bond Movie: “The Man with the Golden ___________ (options were provided: Tooth, Gun or Eagle). It took a long while before one of the participants answered correctly.
Another question was: Complete the following sentence: “An apple a day keeps the _____ away”. Would you believe that one of the callers asked for some hints in order to be able to answer the question correctly.
Similarly, the RJ asked one of the callers: How many books has Dan Brown written prior to the release of his new book “The Lost Symbol”. The caller said he had watched one of the films but hadn’t read any of the books.
By now I was pulling out my hair. How could these young people with American accents not know the answers to such simple questions? We have so many talented young people in this country. Many of the technologists that I meet are into reading – whether it be fiction, thrillers or science fiction or autobiographies. They are concerned about the society in which they live. They discuss issues and try and find solutions. So where have these airheads comes from? Are accents and fashionable clothes and carrying the latest mobile phone all that these kids are into? Is giggling and pretending to be dumb considered fashionable? Arggggggggh!
Fortunately a young woman came on who answered all the questions correctly and appeared surprised that anyone could have had trouble answering them. Good for you kid!
Oh and I forgot to mention the flaky RJ who was hosting a show later in the day. He related a story about a cyclist who travelled to 32 countries of the world with just US$2 in his pocket. He admitted that he didn’t know the exchange rate, nonetheless he rounded the two dollars off to around Rs. 220. I guess he knows something we don’t. The rupee is at Rs. 82 to the dollar and not Rs. 110. Hmmm ….
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