The "Printed Word" post was inspired in part by looking at people's FB pages with political content. I know, it's Facebook, it's not supposed to be lengthy or nuanced. But these are intelligent people, who have entry after entry of snarky criticism of candidates they don't like and self-righteous posturing about how they really, really care about this issue, all expressed in the most oversimplified, highschoolish words, but very clever visuals. Therefore, the posters at least must think the statements effective. Therefore, this patent idiocy must be being carried by the clever visuals and condescending tone. Therefore, those elements are more dangerous in hacking into people's political views and more dangerous to the republic.
Except I'm not sure that's actually true.
Still, it's distressing to watch intelligent people descend to sloganeering and sneers, seemingly unable to think clearly anymore. Is this who we all, in fact, are - with only a thin rind of intellect covering?