Here’s another fascinating article from Salon.com. I disagree with the author’s remedies, but I totally agree with his main point: nowadays, we’re being bombarded with information, but information does not equal knowledge. We’re so bombarded, in fact, that we don’t have the time, and some don’t have the ability, to integrate this information usefully.
Even worse, this information bombardment makes us constantly desiring entertainment, so much so that we don’t have time to consider deeper philosophical issues. You may not buy it, but I think that’s totally true.