Nothing has undermined democracy more than people’s willingness to abdicate responsibility for thinking for themselves. It used to be that information needed to be aggressively sought out. In doing so, you had little choice but to stumble across tidbits that might have contradicted and shaped your worldview. Now, you can enjoy being digitally force-fed endless bias of your own choosing.
When people abdicate responsibility for critical thought, they’re no longer able to adequately assess whether anyone is lying to them — including their government under the pretext of wanting to “protect” citizens from views that don’t adhere to an agenda.