I was re-reading Ortega y Gasset's the Revolt of the Masses and saw interesting parallels to what he was describing and current society. There is also a good article on the Daily Beast describing this as well.
"Are you, like me, puzzled to learn that Popular Science magazine recently shut down comments on its website, declaring that they were bad for science? Are you amazed, like me, that Duck Dynasty is the most-watched nonfiction cable show in TV history? Are you dismayed, like me, that crappy Hollywood films about comic book heroes and defunct TV shows have taken over every movie theater? Are you depressed, like me, that symphony orchestras are declaring bankruptcy, but Justin Bieber earned $58 million last year?"
Ortega’s brilliant insight came in understanding that the battle between ‘up’ and ‘down’ could be as important in spurring social and cultural change as the conflict between ‘left’ and ‘right’. This is not an economic distinction in Ortega’s mind. The new conflict, he insists, is not between “hierarchically superior and inferior classes…. upper classes or lower classes.” A millionaire could be a member of the masses, according to Ortega’s surprising schema. And a pauper might represent the elite.
The key driver of change, as Ortega sees it, comes from a shocking attitude characteristic of the modern age—or, at least, Ortega was shocked. Put simply, the masses hate experts. If forced to choose between the advice of the learned and the vague impressions of other people just like themselves, the masses invariably turn to the latter. The upper elite still try to pronounce judgments and lead, but fewer and fewer of those down below pay attention."
This attitude is equally applicable to both the right and left in politics today.
On the right, many dismiss experts on conservation and the impact on industry on the environment.
On the left, many dismiss experts warnings about unrestricted immigration, foreign threats to society, and data on how the wage gap doesn't really exist.
However, it seems like the left is more guilty of this with media personalities and mass social movements like #metoo and BLM that all ignore statistical data and personal responsibility in favor of hive mind like ideas.
This is a great book if you haven't read it.
"The mass-man is a dispossessed being . He has no past and because he has lost, he has no future. It is not even certain, we have seen, it can be proud to live in perpetual peace of this boundless, freed of the weight of what has wrought: “Man-mass , Ortega y Gasset writes, is the man whose life is without projects and goes adrift. That’s why it builds nothing, although its possibilities and its powers are enormous"