Interesting how a 3-word question can evoke so much thought. I think in the U.S.A., we have a mix of it all from the incredibly brilliant right down to scraping the bottom of the barrel of humanity. With ~320 million in population, it’s hard not to.
All the same, I think I can see where the OP is coming from. For some reason, we have trended toward a focus on mindlessness and the quick fix vs. thoughtfulness and working toward a goal. It boggles my mind how obsessed people are with “celebrities”, Hollywood, and to a certain extent Britain’s royal family. It’s so easy to sum up with how popular the Kardashians are. Most of them have never done anything to contribute to society, yet they’re all over the news, tv, etc. Poor Bruce Jenner won a gold medal in one of the toughest Olympic events, and he’s portrayed as a bumbling buffoon who wastes his time with golf and RC helicopters. I digress.
There are a lot of great things happening here in the US of A. Unfortunately, a lot of it gets overshadowed by the stupid stuff. This occurs in many aspects of life (media, politics, art, etc.) I could go on and on on this subject, since it’s been on my mind recently. However, I need to get back to work and earn some of these rapidly depreciating dollars.