Today’s read is from Glenn Reynolds, a professor of law at the University of Tennessee. Here’s an excerpt:
As with so much that goes on in today’s society, and especially on social media, this sort of thing isn’t aimed at convincing those who disagree, but rather at garnering high-fives from people who agree and, ultimately, creating an ideological veneer for unquestioned elite rule.
Lots of people want to feel that they’re important, and that they make a bigger impact on the world than the average person. (Spoiler: On average, they don’t). And lots of people — especially a particular sort of upper-middle-class person who thinks of himself as educated — want to believe that they’re smarter than most other people. Well, making a big impact on the world is hard. Feeling like you’re making a big impact on the world is much easier.
Read the entire column here.