Mike Littwin did a lovely opinion piece in the Denver Post about it today. I don’t often read the local paper (unless they inexplicably have cattle mutilations as the front page story, as if the health care debate and even Tiger Woods had ceased to exist), and I hear a lot from my mother about how the opinion pieces in the paper practically slosh with crazy these days. But it looks like at least some of the time, they’re getting it very right.
There is nothing particularly new in doubting what you don’t understand. There are flat-earthers even today. But some things have changed. The Internet has made more information available to more people than ever before. But it also has led to what you might call a democratization of the facts, in which everyone’s “facts” turn out to be equal.