There are many possible explanations. Here are two:<quoted text>
Why is it CNN and pMSNBC can't pry their constituents away from MTV and BET stations to watch????
The world got complicated. Most folks can't understand the math and science that underlies much of 21st Century life. So, instead of explaining, try to entertain. If you must deal with complicated issues, it's best to reduce them to "easy to remember" slogans.
As an alternative explanation, folks are still smart, but they are terribly distracted by the many choices of modern life, and have very limited attention spans.
Here's an interesting take on what's going on, and where we are heading. It's the 2006 feature film "Idiocracy" by Mike Judge. If you haven't seen it you should.(Not because it will make you smarter, but because it's very entertaining!) Watch it for free: http://viooz.co/movies/2425-idiocracy-2006.ht...
What was I talking about?