Demockracy: the exercise of power by cultural and ideological elites in defiance of the so-called political elitesHG Glossay
I admit it. I am getting old. But am I the only one waxing nostalgic for a time when it was easier to ignore ignoramuses who thought they were the centre of the universe? Hardly a day goes by now without some antisocial media influencer or self-important Instagram soap-boxer co-opting our mainstream media (perhaps it lamestream after all). I never thought I’d one day be clamouring for more unbalanced journalism.
Whether it’s forest defenders, anti-vaxxers, climate deniers, creationists, white supremacists, neo-nazis, or flat earth evangelists, these cooks seem to be gaining more and more mainstream air time (and credibility) than they deserve. And quite often with very little, if any, critical backlash.
Of course, as one commentator put it, “If you wrestle with a pig, the pig likes it, and you get dirty. ” Or, “never argue with an idiot: the best possible outcome is that you win an argument with an idiot.”
I say, why give pigs and idiots a platform in the first place?
“Show me someone with no ego and I’ll show you a big loser.”Donald Trump
Now, some of you might argue that I just gave an idiot a platform. I prefer to think of it as an inspiration. Show me someone with no ego, and I’ll invite them to post to our blog.