I completely agree with social media has had a huge impact. I’ll go a step further though and say that it’s peoples inability to discern fact from fiction, right from wrong that is right at the core. Just this morning I had someone on ‘Facebook like’ an article about the evils of Aspartame and it piqued my interest, until I saw that it was published on davidicke.com (David Icke is notable crackpot)… and this isn’t the first time I’ve pointed out that this persons sources are less than credible.
The inability to fact check information sources, link to reference material and view “information” with a critical eye has surely got to feature as one of the main drivers behind recent events.
If we want people to act intelligently and they aren’t then there are two possibilities:
- We’re wrong
- We’ve dropped the ball on education.
Regarding point 1), I don’t think so. I do believe in the wisdom of crowds and think it’s failed currently because of an overriding greed. Greed by the greedy and greed by the needy feeling they want a piece of the pie… the division between the ‘haves and have nots’ has spread to breaking point.
Regarding point 2), this is the catch 22. We now have such an overwhelming number of disenfranchised lower income, uneducated people that it has proven impossible to shift the scales of balance back in a direction to fix the underlying problem. Essentially the liberals (I am non-partisan myself) have failed to act quick enough and people have lost faith in those ideals.
The only solution, in my opinion, will be a major collapse that results in the community spirit the drove people together during the great depression. Things need to be reset in order for us to move forward. This pessimist in me however laments that this is an inherent part of human nature and we’re destined to live in the Machiavellian cycle of government.
Simply put the world has become complicated. Really complicated. Issues and ailments of society are inherited from one government to the next with little to no time to correct them and the governance has become little more than a popularity contest.