Ignorati

What is Ignorati?


1.

Wealthy, elite, and painfully ignorant college students of America. Typically members of a Fraternity or Sorority, often at one of the Ivy League schools. They are usually unaware of their own privelege, nor do they have empathy for the misfortune of others. In fact, they refuse to acknowledge or take responsibility for causing anyone's problems in the world. They are usually Republicans, but there are plenty of Democrats who qualify for the title as well. See also: vapid, preppie, snobs, evangelicals.

The Ignorati were having a party at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, where they gathered to watch the latest Dane Cook video on their 60" plasma TV(s).

I got into an argument with this Ignorati. He was claiming Blondie invented Rap music.

See ignorant, ignoramus

2.

glitterati+ignorant

Elites who, despite their power, wealth, or influence, are prone to making serious errors when discussing science and other technical matters. They resort to magical thinking and scapegoating with alarming ease and can usually be found furiously adding fuel to moral panics and information cascades.

For a given elite to be considered part of the ignorati, he must regularly provide opinions or report on matters he does not understand and has clearly made no attempt to understand. Due to the nature of their professions, journalists and politicians are usually ignorati.

"...blame evasion was getting out of hand. Newspapers were saying that sudden acceleration was caused by malfunctioning cruise-control mechanisms. The Center for Automotive Safety was claiming that radio waves made the computers on cars act up. Other ignorati pointed fingers at arcane goings-on within transmission housings and fuel-injection systems..."

-P.J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores

See glitterati, ignorant, elite, journalist, politician


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