I understand that as many as 62% of Icelanders believe in elves. This is despite Icelanders in general being the smartest of the European community in telling the banks to get stuffed.
Australians in general operate under the weight of myths and legends as well. Of course I am speaking about such well known fantasies as “climate change”, the “stolen generations”, and the “peak oil” hoaxes, SARS, swine flu, the millennium bug, the ozone layer “hole”, etc.
The common denominator for these issues is media involvement. The ABC and the Fairfax Press push this nonsense harder than any propaganda invented by Pravda in the former Soviet Union
I reblog here an excellent article on the topic posted on another blog. I like the analysis provided in this blog post by Daniel Greenfield at:
“A nation where governments are elected by the people is most vulnerable at the interface between the politicians and the people. The interface is where the people learn what the politicians stand for and where the politicians learn what the people want. The bigger a country gets, the harder it is to pick up on that consensus by stopping by a coffee shop or an auto repair store. That’s where the Mediacracy steps in to control the consensus.
The media is no longer informative, it is conformative. It is not interested in broadcasting events unless it can also script them. It does not want to know what you think, it wants to tell you what to think. The consensus is the voice of the people and the Mediacrats are cutting its throat, dumping its body in a back alley and turning democracy into their own puppet show.
Media bias was over decades ago. The media isn’t biased anymore, it’s a player, its goal is turn its Fourth Estate into a fourth branch of government, the one that squats below the three branches and blocks their access to the people and blocks the people’s access to them. Under the Mediacracy there will still be elections, they will even be mostly free, they just won’t matter so long as its upper ranks determine the dialogue on both sides of the media wall.
The Mediacracy isn’t playing for peanuts anymore. It’s not out to skew a few stories, it’s out to take control of the country. In military empires, the military can act as a Praetorian Guard. In political empires, it’s the people who control the political conversation who also control the succession.”