Naiveté or laziness?

We’ve never had so much information at our disposal.

Through legitimate or illegitimate means, we have access to news, testimonies, scientific studies, technical manuals and many other types of information that a decade and a half ago were accessible only to specific professional classes or to a social elite.

There might be the occasional need to consult a specialist, to decipher a particularly nebulous piece of information. But as a general rule, we have enough data to craft an informed opinion on just about anything – if we invest the time and effort to do so.

Why, then, do more and more people seem content to accept the first thing they hear when they turn on the television, the first words they read on an estranged friend’s Facebook?