When there's nothing real about popular culture, popular culture isn't real. I continue to maintain that a purely materialist, consumer-driven society produces dolts, and speedier communications merely produces them more rapidly than before.
Meanwhile, Joe Dunman is a civic institution 'round these parts.
Anyone out there still read?
Commentary: Civic ignorance puts our own rights at dire risk, by Joe Dunman (Insider Louisville)
... Beyond exploring the gritty, technical details of search and seizure, religious establishment, and strict judicial scrutiny, the main purpose of my course is to defeat civic ignorance. I want my students to understand how things are supposed to work in American government. How the rights of individuals should receive deference, respect, and protection from the power structures we have created.
Unfortunately, civic ignorance has reached a sort of pandemic level in our country in recent years. Nobody seems to know how anything is supposed to work. And this problem is not confined to the steaming garbage dump of online news comments sections. It has infected many of our elected leaders, as well.