Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix
I'm sure that's part of it but there's got to be more going on than just that. There's a general dumbing down of society that surely can't be blamed solely on social media.
Are you sure you have the story right, from 1900-1950 there was no way for 'readers' to chat. BBS sites, like this' changed that. When people talk the lies and facts tend to show up. In the past there was no challenge to 'the lies' like there is today so 'sheeple' is the right term. After 1950 people did get to chat about 'news articles' and not all stories were based on 'facts'. More and more of the stories are being fact checked by the readers. CNN would not have been called out for 'fake news' in 1950 yet the headlines are the same lies being told today.
That, by itself, would suggest your assessment is 'out to lunch' and social media today is exposing a lot more lies than it is trying to cover up. This place is an exception to that rule obviously.