If you exclude political activists, the powerful and in-the-know individuals, and a few people who think about these things and take the time to look further; MOST people don't really know or care about what follows in these pages.
Many or perhaps most, are too busy in the day-to-day activities of making a living, raising a family; if they are teenagers or in their 20's they are probably skipping gaily along through life without much care for anything except where the next meal or the next lay can be found.
Many will not think much about the quality of the news that crosses their daily conscious. The TV presenters must have it right - after all they give out the "news" every day? The same with the newspapers. And of course they report everything, don't they - all sides? (NOT). And there is no alternative news source.
Others focus their energies on the arts, on their business, on the environment, on sport, on photography - you name it. If they live in a "democracy" it is likely they take it for granted that democracy is alive and well in their country and maybe presume that nothing they can do will improve anything - or, more likely, that if they stick their necks out and say anything untoward (ie critical of the establishment) they will become "marked" by the secret police and eventually their head will be knocked off.
On yet another plane, some people are intensely patriotic and will not tolerate anything said or done against their country. It doesn't matter if the words are true or false. Ant criticism is BAD. If their friends are critical they are BAD.
In my experience of the English-speaking world, USA citizens tend to display this extreme patriotism rather a lot. If you come to NZ, you will find most people couldn't give a hoot. It seems that Australians fall somewhere in the middle.
In the case of non-English speaking people, it seems to me that Indonesians and mainland Chinese (in particular) tend to display un-thinking and extreme patriotism.
The point of this section?
If you are extremely patriotic, if you also live in a rich and powerful nation, if you believe that all is well with democracy, and if you don't like criticism of your country 's acts and government - back out of here. Browse some place else. These pages are not for you. You may find them too much to take and injurious to your health.
I have no wish to offend you, but I will not be deterred.
Much safer and less unsetting to get back to the TV and soak up the latest soap programme.
And you won't have to put up with the discomfort of having to think.