I’m in the habit of reading the comments following online news stories. I think I need to stop. Reading the comments makes me wonder whether there’s any hope at all for the future. The rampant stupidity of the general public, as expressed in the comments, is enough to make you give up.
I’d like to think that most people aren’t really so desperately stupid. Maybe stupid people are overrepresented in comments on news stories. Maybe stupid people — and the emotionally disturbed — are just more likely to post their opinions at the end of a news story. It would be comforting to think so. Otherwise, we’re in deep shit.