When searching for the reason why things go wrong, stop when you get to the Media.
The Media is our Teacher. It's the whole world's teacher. Everything we learn, we learn from the Media.With screens, cameras, actors and glib, well-coiffed hosts, radio and TV signals, cable, microwave, publishing, the all-powerful Internet with its own 'social media', it instructs us hourly, daily, weekly, month in, year out. The classroom is anywhere; it's ubiquitous. Class is in session even when school is closed. The course is Regimentation. There is no 'graduation'. There is no individual achievement, only the 'Greater Good'. "We're all in this together" is our motto.
The Media teaches Unquestioning Obedience with Fear based on Ignorance, the greatest, most effective motivational tools ever; critical thinking is forbidden. Distortion and disinformation construct the new and ever-changing 'normal with a vocabulary to wordsmith the emotive code words that fill the daily lexicon: "minuscule" becomes "gigantic"; insignificant events are "explosive". Seasonal storms are always "Life-Threatening"; the flu, becomes a Pandemic. Property damage always "resembles a War Zone". A deadly crime incident morphs into "heart-wrenching tragedy" with cell phone video of a crying woman, (+10 if she's holding a child, +50 if she is holding a baby, +100 if she is also pregnant). Sirens, blood, a close-up of a shell casing gets extra dramatic credit. Any increase "skyrockets". Disagreements turn into "Battle Grounds". Looters are "Peaceful Protesters" while rioters are "Mostly Peaceful Protesters". Factual analysis opposing the Official Media Narrative is a 'vicious attack', a 'scandal'; contrary opinions are declared racist. Every story, newscast or issue features "bombshells" while Reality is adjusted or ignored whenever it doesn't fit in the Media's syllabus...which, of course, it rarely does.
And Class is never dismissed.