"To whom do we turn for guidance in our modern world? Teachers have had their scope limited by the prevailing fashions of education. Artists have become more appreciated for scandal than for important revelations about our lives. Writers are entertainers, provocateurs or- if truly serious - more or less ignored. The Church speaks with a broken voice. Politicians are more guided by polls than by vision. We have disembowelled our oracles. Anybody who claims to have something to say is immediately suspect."
— Ben Okri, the Booker Prize-winning novelist, trying (with limited success) to get to the nub of the problem, in the Times Online.
Knock the nonsense down to the mat with: