This plague has entered the intellectual arena. We now have Junk Science, junk logic, junk reason and junk politics. On the latter, this results in a system whereby the issues of the day are reduced to slogans, taglines, phony data being published as truth and policy arguments supported by leaps of faith in reasoning.
The current rage on gun control provides easy examples. Take the following beauty, making the rounds as a means of rallying the pro-gun minions: