In 2008,to enflame the silent minority, Barack Obama was elected. Resentment of the Black Man in the White House during a period of’political correctness’ meant that people could not say what they felt.
Some acted on their hatred, murdering black men and women. Others allowed their anger to boil within them. They were easy prey for a manipulator who could play on their prejudices. As they were not well educated nor aware of global realities they could be told anything and were not simply unable to verify it, but unwilling.
With their Smart phones at their ears, unaware of what was actually happening around them, they went blithely along, eminently usable by anyone who wanted to use them.
The ‘key’ was racism, xenophobia, and a sense that the great big ‘them’ out there were responsible for everything they experienced.
This’them’ were NOT the rich or powerful, the ‘them’ were non-whites. The ‘them’ were aliens and foreigners.
In the 1960s, even without the Internet, people could research and investigate. In the 2000s, where information is at the fingertips, people are unable to comprehend what they read, unable to phrase searches. They turn their volition over to others, and believe what they are told.
In 2016 the results of dumbing down were gathered.