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Against stupidity the gods themselves fight in vain.
(J.C.F. Schiller: Die Jungfrau von Orleans, III, 1801)
Gods, various and sundry, never elevated the stupid to the levels man has. Save me from the social influencer whose fame is fame and whose vision is no further than the end of their nose.
What we opprobriously call stupidity, though not an enlivening quality in common society, is nature’s favorite resource for preserving steadiness of conduct and consistency of opinion.
(Walter Bagehot: Letters to the London Inquirer, 1851)
The wisdom of the crowd, in so far as celebrity goes, is a push toward mediocrity: Is the act at the top of the music charts actually good? Or do they succeed at a general level but are more popular via marketing and social media and presence?