This was written in 1996 by Carl Sagan.
This has nothing to do with Sam saying he hasn’t read a book, just good timing. The best part about this is the non-highlighted part that says, “…the #1 video cassette rental in America is Dumb and Dumber.” Both bad jokes. What Mr. Sagan is pointing out is true and you or I can’t explain how it’s true.
I read through the numerous comments and the one that hit me the most was that you’re conditioned to think “well this isn’t me“. So when I read this I obviously know it isn’t me because of all the “substantive content” I create through this website acting as the “enormously influential media.” However his line “when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few…” you should know that you know nothing. If your name isn’t Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg (or the other thousands of people who stay out of the media), you have no influence and you have no real idea of what’s happening throughout the world. If you don’t have a billion dollars, you’re influence is limited. Regarding the media, someone tells me biased “fake news”, and who knows what’s true anymore. Being a common folk, we just need to be happy and jump off the ledge when we’re told. If Donald Trump is going to bomb N. Korea, it’s another example of Jaime Lannister’s army being torched by a dragon (at least that’s what I’m told). Personally, I’m just going to keep losing $6 a day playing fantasy baseball and waiting for when I hit the lottery so I can move to an island and drink Pina Colada’s where I’ll complain about sun burn and how there isn’t enough to do.