@ Don Jefe Re: The internet is now ... closed for business
'Hopelessly'? I think so. The way I see it is that kind of understanding is a death-bed realization; one of those things they'll cotton to - if they otherwise retain sufficient awareness - when they know it's all over so all the dross evaporates to leave them finally able to see. And it's not even the price of Human stupidity, it's just how we're wired; how Evolution wired us for wrestling sabre-tooth cats for the Brontoburger and hasn't progressed since.
Put it another way: I see your note of optimism and raise you a hint of futility.