Being both a poker player and former writing teacher, I am better acquainted than most with just how stupid the average person is. The fear that this day would come has lurked in my mind for some time, but today, I re-discovered the ugly truth that people just don't understand even the most basic tenants of reason, research, skepticism, and critical thinking.
Through a series of blog links, I happened on to the comment thread for a popular TV/radio talk show host's web page (I refuse to link to it). The topic regarded one of the current presidential candidates' alleged ethnicity (clearly false/ridiculous hypotheses peppered the thread). I have long since been accustomed to idiocy regarding high profile public figures, so none of this interested me, until I skimmed past one commenter whose attempt at validating the allegation started with "According to google,..." and proceeded to quote some unspecified website. This would be a classic case of argument from authority were it not for the fact that the mere Google search engine alone was being treated as the authority in question.
If Google returns it, it must be true.
There is a scary group of idiots out there who, deep in their hearts, believe that Google magically filters their search returns for QUALITY. Hence, Google is being treated as a primary source.
"Burn down the mission, if we're gonna stay alive..."