The digital world is inexorably turning in to a monument to the frailties of human nature.
We need a neuroscience-based education to foment critical thinking, to give people a chance to develop the urge and the ability to defend themselves from manipulation- whether for commercial, political or religious gain.
This should have been there from day dot as part of “formation for participation in a democracy”. First install your BS detector. No, first respect your own right to form and defend an opinion.
The problem is, again, the insidious impunity of the invisible hand: because there is no overt “propaganda” aspect or state behind it, people’s natural cynicism towards “authorities” doesn’t kick in.
This article is a brilliant example of what that education should focus on.