Ironwood, the problems have been highlighted. One problem, however, is still in the nature of the problem finder.
The nature of a problem finder is irrelevant if a problem is legitimate.
If you step away from recent discussion you find that what is really happening is still intellectual snobishness.
Intellectual snobishness is not a problem, its just annoying, ignorance and the fear to face it masquerading as intellect or knowledge of truth is a problem, snobish or not.
Do not underestimate the media. The way to win is to have a method graeter than the person playing against you.
Who's underestimating the media? The persons playing against this information are the ones already using the media. A greater method than the use of the media is hard to come by, and "they" got there first.
Solution is to use alternatives and deal with the fact that we have to think critically and actively work to solve the problem, should we want the problem solved of course.
You say that the wise question themselves all the time.
No, I say they don't need to question themselves, as long as they know they do not know, they question everything else, and should they come to "believe" something, THEN the wisER would be the one to question themselves on why they believe that.
You'll see solution 1's method needed retraction with solution (or more accurately question or admission of ignorance, which is ironically the answer) 2's void properly filled.
The new way of thinking is indeed the answer, which is why your first solution is still part of the problem, or stuck upon it if you will. Becuase it actually advocates the problematic way of thinking. Just thinking and convincing yourself and others that you are right.
As opposed to admitting that you don't and can't know under current circumstance and then changing these controlling circumstances accordingly.
Such as the cessation of claiming knowledge of the reality of classified information and operations.
Such as a stop to repeating opinions, and unfortunately claimed "facts", as facts.
We have to stop kidding ourselves about what we think we know, not egg ourselves on to continue claiming false knowledge to soothe our egos and manipulate the ignorant.
Trying to manipulate in the fashion of solution (also known as the problem to begin with) one discredits any truth it attempts to assert.
Once those who are adament about their "belief" in the righteousness of their convictions are shown that they have been manipulated and why, they will likely take appropriate path and measures.
The trick is to get people to recall that it is WE who are supposed to remain vigilant of those in power, not some secret agency accountable to the very same powers that be.
That power corrupts and causes poverty and death when unchecked, not that poverty and resistance to tyranny are terrorism and a threat to power.