This one goes out to my friend and colleague JY who despaired yesterday of her s@#$ for brains students. I think a big chunk of the reason is things like these:
Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy: Americans are assumed to not be interested in international and global affairs (beyond dropping freedom bombs via freedom drones on brown people), ergo, Time decides to replace a perfectly legitimate and newsworthy cover on a significant event in Egypt with some pop psychology item. As a result, Americans are less informed and knowledgeable on global affairs because they do not get intelligent coverage on that topic. Priorities.