The age of the internet means there is, practically speaking, infinite sources of information but most of it is ill-informed opinion rather than reliable, valid information.Been thinking this myself over the last few months .... ...from Canada ...how some see the US, Canada is scared and some seem to think the US is heading for an unstoppable civil war ....
Interesting read if interested... and not a bad interview ... but the article is better...
The trouble is the majority of people don't have the skills to filter it appropriately and critically assess their sources, the agenda of the sources, or the validity of their claims.
The result is that people end up down rabbit-holes aided by heuristics and biases. Once you hold a belief any information you come across that supports your belief is treated as a fact by your brain, whereas if it requires you to break your belief then cognitive dissonance kicks in and is uncomfortable and so it is most likely rejected.
The outcome is an increasing polarisation of belief and opinion and increasing divides in society. It is absolutely exacerbated by bots, trolls and manipulators driving their own agenda, usually with the goal of destabilisation.
This article is most concerning because it is all too likely. The reverberations will not only be felt but likely played out in their own ways all over the world.
Add environmental decline, AI, and increasing wealth gaps... things are getting to be more and more unpredictable.
The upside is - with more variables in play than ever there are more and more tangential trajectories that could play out rather than what appears inevitable. There is always hope!