Watch the broad brush, champ.
Actually, you're not entirely wrong. The me me me culture of self-righteousness and the decline of public education are big factors, and prevent many folks from being able to see beyond their own noses and own beliefs, which often are just coming from their parents. Parroting the manufactured soundbites and oversimplified platitudes of the spin doctors is also easier than pondering and communicating one's thoughts, if one is fortunate enough to be able to think any.
And the information age with constant distraction has spawned ridiculously low attention spans and the mental ability to delve into a topic deeply for an extended period. Why do 3D movies outpace philosophical movies at the box office? Gee whiz, look at the flashing loud thing.
Hyperlinks, texting, me me me.
you sir are a scholar and a gentleman