The SatireWire article was fantastic, but some posters seemed to take it as a literal truth.
One thing to keep in mind about mainstream American culture is that it is exported more than other mainstream media cultures. This makes it much easier, say, for a clueless American yokel to get on worldwide TV than a clueless yokel elsewhere.
This makes it tempting to imagine a vast country comprised entirely of idiots (or, at least, teeming with them), based on the perceptions of a few vocal yokels, and the mass-market orientation of the mainstream American press.
But the sad truth is that stupidity is a global phenomenon, and probably in similar proportions as found in the US, but until the day when any fool can get the same exposure as an American fool, the sterotype will persist.
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