The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
I'm a little confused at what point he was trying to make. Half of it sounded like a rant against the stupidity of popular culture and the other half seemed to be mocking the "going Galt" concept...
...entirely on the premise of what? Income?
When I worked for an equipment manufacturing company, one of my first assignments was to go to Tokyo to assist with a tool installation. I had a passport (vacations to Mexico) but very little travel experience.
Upon arrival, I cleared customs and took a cab to the hotel as I had been told to do. The local rep met me for dinner and drinks, then gave me an address for the office, where I was to meet him the next day. He left me to deal with Tokyo subways and a map of Tokyo on my own.
When I arrived at the office 5 minutes before he had asked me to be there, he was very pleasantly surprised, and admitted it was a test less than half of my coworkers passed. We got along famously after that.
Reality TV, to me, is similar to dealing with the crazies in the workforce, rather than dealing with everyone else.
Reality TV is probably here to stay. People MUST be watching it because of how much it is on every station every night. They don't have to pay those people millions of dollars like they did the cast of Friends. I think reality tv also lets people who have no life of their own live vicariously through others and get involved in their drama and their problems. I know I'm probably sounding like Captain Obvious right now but that's my opinion.
Can't stand those shows, refuse to watch them. The closest thing to a reality show I watch is Iron Chef.
Hi point about the lameness of the folks who think getting on a subway is high adventure is well taken, but he seems to be awfully confused on the nature of John Galt. He seems to have fallen into the rather large group of ignoranti whose only conceptual means for grasping John Galt is to categorize him as some sort of survivalist.
One of the guys on Survivor almost died of a heart attack. They had to roll him out after a strength contest when he collapsed and went to code-zero. It had rained for seven-straight days prior on Samoa, and they had no functioning shelter because he had earlier opted for a "luxury" prize of blankies and pillows instead of a more survival oriented one like a tarp and fishooks. They were starving, had no fire and little food, and were constantly wet and cold.
But I can't watch the travel-race, I've lived it already overseas.
I personally have never read Atlas Shrugged. However, my impression on reading this article was that the author was much more concerned with the idiocy of people that think they deserve to be missed when they disappear. Meanwhile, the people that WILL be missed are quietly going their own way, without anyone noticing much...