I wonder if many years from now, when the history of the 21st century will be told, they’ll say it was the era in which technology first enabled human ignorance to self-organize on a global scale.
- They seem to be grassroots, often starting through a viral post, or an emotional reaction to an event.
- They feature a very strong appeal to emotion, but have an almost total lack of educated or intellectual support.
- They tend to be purely destructive – there is often no attempt to create anything new, no clear agenda, no clear and considered plan.
- As soon as there is an attempt to form a cohesive agenda, by someone who is a bit more educated or intelligent – the fizzle out.
I’m not necessarily married to the term “stupidity” here – but I do think there is clearly a new phenomenon at play here, that of self-organizing *without* an actual organization, which necessitates thinking, planning, or capable educated people.