…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The survey may be yet another piece of false news manufactured by the main stream media, attempting to show that they are not so irrelevant as reality indicates. In the tolerant Christmas spirit let’s assume that it is about right. Still – Finland 65% ! Could this be the answer? Finland’s unacknowledged problem.
That so many (43%) Australians believe the media is sad. Declining intelligence in general? Dumbing down of the nation by our uneducational system? Young people’s herd, lemming like mentality? “Perhaps it is the fault of post-modern education which, so I understand, encourages barely-formed minds to have views instead of concentrating on absorbing building blocks for rational thinking.” [A fog of generalised imbecility.]
Or three monkeys syndrome? With sec 18C hanging over the head of anyone tempted to think and express his thoughts it would be safer. Despite the myths, Australians are very docile.
Perhaps Australian addiction to the opium of the masses, i.e. spectators’ sports is to blame? However dishonest and biased the sports’ commentators may be they are unlikely to get away with claiming that Cronulla Sharks won and not Collingwood Magpies. Their political colleagues can keep reporting that, e.g. Hillary Clinton won US Presidential election, with impunity. People reading/listening/watching commercial sports only, may not have a reason to suspect the media’s untrustworthiness, and thus could sway the survey result.
For whatever reason – poor fellow, my country.