I don't understand why critical thinking died. People no longer want to type an answer into google, they would rather wait for someone to tell them the answer. Fact checking is also becoming a lost art, that's where I believe the biggest problem lies. Instead of going & checking out that one news source to make sure it's accurate, people just assume it is accurate.
It doesn't help when we have articles that have little bits of truth in it & mostly lies because those who see those bits of truth will assume the rest must be true.