I started reading that NYTimes article about how we shouldn't be worrying about ebola, but OMGAWD ...FLU!!!!!
Not to mention, "...parents have hallucinated a connection between immunizations and autism...."
YOU dickweeds in the media are responsible for the nonsense that ordinary people believe about nutrition and wellness (and a lot of other stuff) -- this point cannot be hammered home enough. Without television, radio, and idiotic periodicals, the most moronic, far-fetched BULLSHIT would not be so ardently believed by modern folks.
Without the constant commercials blatting that you-can-have-it-all-just-take-this-pill, without the lies-repeated-often-enough, without IGNORANT PEOPLE getting delusions-of-grandeur from their fame and popularity, maybe ... just MAYBE a little reason might creep into the conversation.
Without pharmaceutical companies making themselves responsible for what medical-schools teach -- without food processing giants bribing dieticians into saying that toxins are an important part of a balanced diet (otherwise you feel DEPRIVED, don'cha-know) -- without specialists generalizing outside their spheres of expertise -- without self-aggrandizing, greedy egotists taking hold of the wheel of society, maybe our ships of state wouldn't be steering for the rocks as they are....
If it weren't for the sound-byte and its written equivalent, the astounding stupidity of the opinion-makers wouldn't be able to hide quite so well, and perhaps those twits wouldn't have the cachet that they do. It's ironic that our modern hand-held technology might end up being the tools allowing the truth to "out" -- like Paul Harvey and his "The Rest of the Story."
Without the camera set up by that heroic bartender, the 47% would probably only have learned too late about the contempt in which they were held by a certain self-righteous "public servant." Personal- and dashboard-cams force the police to behave the way they should. Recording devices reveal the WHOLE speech as well as the out-takes, which the Evening News "protects" us from. It's getting harder for people to keep their dirty little secrets.
...Which is a damned good thing, seeing how so very MANY dirty little secrets there are out there. One of the biggest is how the world of journalism has betrayed the trust of society, and TOTALLY fucked up their job.