Over a decade ago, writer and director Mike Judge conceived of a dumbed-down dystopic vision of the future Idiocracy while watching two mothers arguing and cursing in front of their children.
When Idiocracy was released in 2006, it was panned by critics. However, since then, what started as a cult following has led to Idiocracy being used as a common reference for current events and the general direction of society.
With the presidential election coming to a close, the satirical elements of Idiocracy have never been so apparent. People have said Idiocracy is coming true, but they might be more right than they even know. Mike Judge is looking more prophetic by the day.
The basis of the societal plummet towards idiocy in the film, is that dumb people are having more children than the smart people. While that may sound like an absurdly comical oversimplification, it’s actually spot on. Ding, ding, ding — we have a winner!
New studies have come out estimating average I.Q. has dropped about 14 points since the Victorian Era. Researchers speculate that this decline has been ongoing since the emergence of cities as food supply has been virtually constant since then.
Lastly, women of intelligence really do tend to have less children than women of lower intelligence. Right now, it seems we are only getting farther away from breeding the best and the brightest.
- English Language Decline
“The English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valley girl, inner city slang, and various grunts.”
Lit. Turnt. YOLO. Norm core. Ratchet. WCW. Need I say more? It’s like, this prediction is totes coming true.
We should hope the slang would be more Clockwork Orange, less Idiocracy, but it seems Mike Judge got it right again. That’s just cray. We’re starting to sound like texts.
- Ads On Ads On Ads
The world is over-commercialized. Right now ads are everywhere, but soon, thanks to wearable tech and augmented reality, they will be quite literally in your face all the time.
Branding is already everything, and companies will continue to get smarter and smarter at making the consumer itself, the brand advocate by incorporating logos and ads into products even more stealthily.
- Garbage Avalanches
In Idiocracy, the “Great Garbage Avalanche of 2505” wakes the protagonists of Idiocracy from their cryogenic sleep.
The idea that trash will pile up to unmanageable amounts and actually become a public danger, isn’t so far-fetched. In fact, in certain Latin American countries, particularly Guatemala, landfill landslides pose a serious threat to their people. This is especially problematic during rainy seasons. Many trash miners die each year handling the garbage — that’s right — trash miners make their entire living as mining through heaps and heaps of trash.
- The Election
Idiocracy President Camacho has the physique and mannerisms of a pro-wrestler. He makes big promises that have no way of actually being put into place — promises on the level of building a wall on the US – Mexico border and making Mexico pay for it.
Donald Trump epitomizes the Idiocracy vision of presidency in the future. Even if his words are hollow, like Camacho, he simply screams, yells, and overpowers others verbally.