Philippe de Montebello, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been quoted as saying “the public is a lot smarter than anyone gives it credit for.” More Intelligent Life magazine gives strength to this idea with a recent article that chronicles the rise in popularity of intelligent cultural fare. It explains that public enjoyment of opera, classical music, literature and quality pop music and television (like The Wire) is steadily growing, countering the popular notion that as a whole, society is getting less intelligent.

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