What's that current ad that starts with the question: "Constipated?" I can't wait until some show has as a placement the product that's for. Plus, the ad I'm thinking of shows a handful of features it has so if it became the Hawaii Five O season laxative some year they could show a different feature in different episodes just like they do with the cars. Same goes for a show that has a season ED medicine some year. That would be great if they also showed the side-effects as well and there was the character with the four-hour-boner worked into the plot who did the right thing and consulted his doctor.
Consensus is used to squelch people from questioning the consensus.
...in the case of religion perhaps. Science on the other hand plainly advances because it has advanced, often even in the presence of a single soul with an alternative opinion (not consensus plainly). Some of the greatest rewards in science appear to be seeking out individuals like that especially (aiming at creating new consensus from individuals with the courage to explore). IOW, if there is any consensus in science then you are only describing a limited set of cases of consensus and not all cases having it, particularly not science it seems.
American mass media and "journalism" is a vast miasma of bloated infomercial junk food weight loss car commercial erection drug propaganda aimed at conditioning whats left of the American Mind into dull and plodding consumerism and hopelessness.
That part is not fair. The other day when I got hooked on watching large building controlled explosion demolitions (implosions) were it not for a local Las Vegas TV station's news department's one hour coverage of it I would not have discovered the superb footage of the thirty second downing of the Alladin with the inclusion of sacrificial cameras. I love you balcony cam!
Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"