New evidence for the Stupid Epidemic
In the past when I have caustically remarked upon the amazing stupidity of such a large proportion of the population—I'd guess at least one-third—I have been, reasonably enough, accused of intolerant, intellectual arrogance. After a while, my answer became: "Go drive around on Britain's roads for a couple of hours, in town and including some motorway miles, observing carefully, and then come back and tell me I am wrong." In truth I don't know if anyone ectually went and did this, but the point, often enough, was conceded: we are surrounded by a heck of a lot of outright fools and idiots.
I think I can update this for the modern era. "Facebook is a company of almost unhinged avarice and amorality, with a reputation for pathological lies and law-breaking, misuse and abuse of data, a breeding ground for extremism and hatred, facilitator of treasonous interference in western democracy by its repressive nation-state enemies, a medium infested by propaganda and misinformation, which offers you a 'free' service and then proceeds to rape your privacy, turns you into a commodity and sells you, for monetisation and manipulation, to the highest bidder. People who have every reason to be aware of this nevertheless continue to use Facebook. So go ahead and tell me again that a large proportion of the population are not clueless imbeciles."
(In truth, it is an even more universal argument for the sheer stupidity of people than watching the nation that once managed the largest empire ever seen on Earth commit deliberate economic suicide in the most flounderingly incompetent farrago of childlike idiocy I have ever witnessed.)
Whether it's pollution and/or social media or just the much-hypothesised Stupid Ray beamed at our planet by aliens: something in the last 20—30 years seems to have turned half of humanity into raging cretins.