IQ on “Good Times”
I used to watch re-runs of Norman Lear’s creation, Good Times, back in my late teens and wonder if this episode (which I don’t remember seeing but probably did) impacted me in any way:
Obviously, young Michael wasn’t given the Raven’s Progressive Matrices.
This clip leads me to two thoughts: Norman Lear must have been the most powerful man in the world in the middle 1970s; related, I wonder just how many people’s beliefs on race and achievement and other social issues were effected by not just this one scene but the entire series and Lear’s entire slew of progressive sitcoms (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, Diff’rent Strokes). When I try to think of TV shows from that era, an era which looms to me as a turning point in TV history, Lear productions are most prominent in my mind. The ubiquity of the re-runs of these shows has a lot to do with that – M.A.S.H. is the only other show from that period that seems to be as widely syndicated, and really nobody of importance thinks that any other shows besides Lear productions had any long-lasting impact on society. So I wonder how much progressive thinking was shaped by the false dogma laid bare by Michael – that since the race IQ test gap was 15 points that the tests themselves must be biased in some way rather than other less comfortable explanations for the gap.
I guess since gay is the new black, the modern Norman Lear is Ryan Murphy of Glee and The New Normal fame.
Clip cribbed from an anti-IQ test post at HuffPo.