Idiocy and American Idol

I was watching...err...laughing at American Idol the other day and noticed something. Maybe it was just culling for TV, but most of the singers seemed to fall into one of two categories - very good, either good enough to be on the show or almost good enough, and really hideously bad. There were very few in betweens.

Now this seems strange because I KNOW there are many in betweens in the world. There's me, I have a decent voice. I sing in church, I was in choir in high school. I'm not american idol semi-finalist material but neither do I whine off key.

So what this comes down too is the fact that people who are really bad singers don't seem to be able to comprehend how bad they are, while those with some talent realize that they're just mediocre and don't do stupid things like try out for American Idol (remember, there are always exceptions to the rule, this is a generalization anyway)

So in my web wanderings I find this VERY interesting article about idiots. The basic idea is that if you're bad at something, you're too unskilled in it to realize you're bad.

Suddenly the whole world makes a sort of sick sense. The world is full of idiots who don't realize they're idiots.

I'm very afraid.


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