The Burning Question of the Age

There’s no question that smart people these days are very much smarter than they’ve ever been before.  The question is, are ordinary, average people really so very much stupider than they were twenty or thirty years ago?

Or is it just that technology, for example blogs like this one, and even more so, the ability (nay, the encouragement) to “comment” on other people’s blogs, has given all these ordinary people a voice?  I suspect that, thirty years ago, I didn’t have all that much exposure to the confused opinions and benighted ideas of so very many people.  Today, I can’t seem to help but scroll down to the comments section, even knowing that I’m sure to be appalled by what I find.