Since the English language is devolving into a Pidgin why not inventgeneer a new word to describe the property of malicious stupidity which so frequently inheres itself among Idiocrats.
Malicious stupidity has always been a property carried by members of the species since the dawn of literacy. The advent of the Internet has had two substantial effects on the maliciously stupid however. The first is that it makes instances malpidity visible to the population at large. When people who can or do indeed know better act maliciously and stupidly, because its easier1 their transgressions can be highlighted for future lulz. While there exist apparatus for harnessing stupidity, ignorance, and naivety in the general sense the maliciously stupid tend to become evangelists for such apparatus to the detriment of persons ranging from the merely stupid to the merely curious the timing of whose curiosity happened to be unfortunate. The collapse of schemes perpetuated by the maliciously stupid can indeed make for great reading.
The second great effect the Internet has had with relation to the maliciously stupid has been allowing possessors of the property to share and reinforce their stupidity in echo chambers filled with the like minded. As David Thorne describes the phenomenon behind the phenomenon:
Nothing about the maliciously stupid requires actual medical explanation though. If instead you gather a large group of people who simply abhor higher cognitive function the result is the same. People around the world reinforcing their stupidity on the strength of assertions backed by the stupidity of others. Whereas historically a maliciously stupid idea might be contained by geography and manage to make one village suffer while its neighboring town dismissed it, the Internet allows the maliciously stupid to grow self reinforcing networks2 where they can oppose cognitive function together.
The malpid don't have to establish that criticism of them as wrong, because they will instead insist the criticism is mean. When their favored shiny object betrays them, they will insist the criticism could not have been right as it was mean and they were doomed by some nebulous concept; perhaps they invoke "events that transpired", maybe they invoke "people were mean and that destroyed confidence in out project", but whatever they invoke will have been "outside their control".
Technical fields develop Jargon to express complex ideas concisely. The maliciously stupid develop Pidgins to express simple ideas even more simply, and to restrict the language space such that eventually it becomes impossible to express meaningful ideas in the language space they approve of. In the world of the maliciously stupid, because they've heard the word ceramic used in the context of armor will go out and produce home brew body armor incorporating... ceramic floor tiles. That ceramic could be a descriptor which covers a wide range of materials with incredibly varied properties isn't allowable in the maliciously stupid language space. To the maliciously stupid context is a luxury they don't have time to spend evaluating and so when terms that have differing meaning depending of whether they are found in general conversation, or very precise meanings when used as terms of art default to being read as whichever bound of the common reading of the term is most charitable to their cause.3
- Ease is a primary excuse heralded by the Malpid. That the right thing involves "work" is another. Even when the stupid option imposes far greater actual costs upon them. Cost that they will later insist that they could not have known, because doing any investigation at all before would have been too much work and slowed down their project/mission/pizza.Â [↩]
- Like a Slime mold. [↩]
- Alternately they might simply pick the first definition which they imagine, because determining which interpretation is most beneficial to their cause requires too much application of cognitive function. [↩]