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Yesterday I watched the movie Citizen Kane, a movie that appears at or near the top of virtually every film critic’s list of Best Movies Ever. I get the William Randolph Hearst comparison and the rosebud themes, but to put it quite simply, it was a terrible film, judged not only by today’s standards but those of the time it was made. It was boring, poorly acted, and OMG, the 2nd wife’s voice was grating nails-on-the-chalkboard. So why is it ranked so high? I believe it’s a common problem in our society, and that is “peer pressure and prevailing thoughts.” In other words, it’s so widely accepted as the best that film critics believe their peers will think less of them if they say how truly bad of a film it is. You see the same type of “if everyone else thinks it, it must be true” thinking throughout history and pop culture. For example, “Bob Dillon had a great voice,” “Franklin Roosevelt was a great president,” “Barack Obama is really smart.” You’re just supposed to agree with it, and you will be ridiculed if you don’t. You see the same thinking on climate change alarmism in the science community, along with probably the most obvious example today, “systemic racism.” Anyone in professional sports, politics, or mainstream media MUST set aside all critical thinking skills and just state there is systemic racism in America. And if the peer pressure and prevailing wisdom doesn’t convince people to parrot the systemic racism lines, the PC cancel culture makes sure anyone with critical thinking skills at least keeps quiet.