Aristotle hates Athenian Democracy. He saw that the idea of everyone (well they only accepted white older men of a certain class) voting on every decision to be made was subject to the whims of the population’s swaying attitude and was rarely based on purely rational decision making.
You’ve heard it before. A person is smart. People are stupid.
Crowds have their abilities. James Surowiecki’s popularized “The Wisdom of Crowds” explains very particular situations in which the crowd holds an almost ethereal ability and knowledge. But what about when an idea that is inherently wrong gets picked up by the crowd.
You may have seen the experiments: take a few people, put them on the street corner, pay them to look up into the sky at nothing (but act like they’re looking at something particular) and eventually you’ll have a whole mass of people doing the same. Or how about the line experiments where people in a classroom are asked to judge openly if a line is shorter or the same size as a line right beside it? The lines are obviously different, but when everyone else in the room (who are paid) say the lines are the same, the person, on which the experiment is being conducted, complies against his or her normally better judgement.
So social media, for all it’s positives… has some detrimental aspects. It allows for the easy propagation of all ideas… even the dumb ones.