We as a nation are supremely naive about education, participation in policy-making as well as politics, and unbelievably naive about how we handle crackpot messaging (which is to say, if it's interesting, we love it, and embrace it rather than fear it). I'm becoming convinced that this kind of reshuffling of social and political believes through propaganda is the biggest threat we face today and in the near future. Everyone forgets that one of the big elements of modern dystopias is thought control, and one of the effects of that can be chaos and disorganization to the benefit of others outside the society. That's what we are facing, and we are as children in our deliberately neglected ability to distinguish fake from real. This is where the Right's careful crafting of anti-science and anti-logic and "fact-neutral" education and news and opinion channels will come back to thrash us all. They have encouraged fully half our population to destroy their filters and rely solely on party affiliation and it's associated tags (religious belief, particular economic policies, etc.) to validate information. Since those have nothing to do with whether the information is *true* - based in the real world and accurate and contextually meaningful - they provide absolutely nothing to stop manipulative memes and messages from wreaking havoc.