I'm reminded of Karl Marx' definition of ideology, which is a distortion of reality. or a lie. (As I understand it)
I think being informed is great. The problem is the agenda being pushed today is totally is so complex, being informed means nothing. Just because I can explain the variables and aspects of a complex topic, doesn't mean someone understands it.
It's good to be informed about what's going on. The problem is we're being informed about complex issues that are nearly impossible to discuss in a reasonable manner. We're almost always being confronted with some mixed agenda.
I haven't watched main stream media in years (aside from the random youtube clips) but what I have seen, I'm willing to say they're roughly informative about issues going on in the world today. But they're complex and clouded with emotional commentators on every side of every issue. Some people just refuse to listen to certain arguments because it means they have to admit they're wrong in public, and no one wants to do that. Then you have some other person who spreads disinformation or selective facts to support their argument. The average person can sort this out. It's annoying. It's why people hate politics. It's because we're manipulated into believing lies. Sometimes by the very people doing good. They've fallen into this "The end justifies the means" attitude towards everything and it pisses us off.
Sure, we can tell each other to become informed. The problem is we're misinformed and disinformed about complex issues of which we have no comprehension. I think it is a strange piece to share in /r/economy, but to be honest it fits rather well with what I'm saying. Economics is complex. This is why I hate central planning. People think they're going to game the economy into ALWAYS being better.