The whole Twitter phenomenon is really indicative of what's happening in this country. And I say this in condemnation of myself as much as anyone else - we are growing into a nation that has no time desire or capacity for truth. All we can handle is 140 characters of knowledge.
Psychology is as important as substance. If you treat people with respect they will go out of their way to accommodate you. If you treat them in a patronizing way they will go out of their way to make your life difficult.