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The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization

January 17, 2013
Show host Jerry Springer

Show host Jerry Springer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When some future incarnation of Edward Gibbon writes the definitive account of the decline and fall of Western Civilization, I am sure that Jerry Springer will play a prominent role in his narrative. Jerry Springer himself has admitted as much in this story in medialite.com.

Talk show host Jerry Springer appeared on HuffPost Live yesterday and admitted to viewers that he may have a small part in the dumbing down of society. Alright, not exactly. Springer actually admitted a much bigger role, saying, “I am the father of the destruction of Western civilization.”

Springer said that his show had “no redeeming social value” and called it “stupid.” When pressed, he said that while his show is “fun to do,” it really is “stupid.”

“I enjoy it,” he added. “People obviously like it otherwise they wouldn’t watch it.”

I wouldn’t dream of arguing with him about it. I didn’t actually know his show was still on. I haven’t watched it for years. Somehow I don’t think I am the worse for it.

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