The "information age" has made a steady decline so far that it deserves a reclassification. The "Espionage age" is now a much better fit. In the espionage age, appeals to irrationality and emotion are disguised as appeals to sensibility, the "educated" are naught, and dismissal derived from logical fallacy is often confused with "healthy skepticism." To navigate this sea of confusion it is imperative that you have the capacity to recognize and differentiate between the real world and the conceptual world. It sounds easy, but you will see just how difficult it actually is, only when you acquire the awareness that you have an entire lifetime of bad mental habits that have blurred this line in your perception, to undo. Get to work!
Amen to the second half. The first half of your post is accurate except to assume that this is characteristic of this age. This has been true for as long as mass communication has existed. Our current technological advances only further perpetuate the transmission of the mental and sociological disease. The happiest years of my life were spent in a small city, never reading the news, never watching TV, never using social networking websites. I was engrossed in my local culture, digesting the art and music of people around me and I was a lot healthier for it. The media and the alleged "culture" it perpuates are so deeply engrained in most of us that its hard to see straight. Sadly, even I have fallen back into it's trance.
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