Computers are dummying us down. Book learning has given way to computer speak. Modern technology overwhelms us. Users are enthralled with gadgets to the point where they have lost themselves in them. We have abandoned, perhaps mislaid, our sense for ignorance; what it means to be illiterate in the 21st century; and working definitions for truth. In this environment a dab of education (enough to make somebody lethal), a sprinkle of bigotry, and fear produce people with ideas that are bad for us. This essay cautions against trucking with those folk; it marks what they do in the media that is unhealthy for us; and fixes what's broken in information dispensaries (e. g., broadcasting, film and blogs) so future users won't have to bother with this stuff.
Ronald Charles Griffin, News in Cyberspace: The Creation of the New Ignorance, 10 US-China L. Rev. 1 (2013)