Originally Posted by SteveEisenberg
When it comes to not reading, I think physicians failing to keep up with medical journals causes the most damage.
The single most influential currently copyrighted author is arguably selfishness guru Ayn Rand. Your proposals will give her lots more readers. The net effect of your proposals, in terms of whether they do or do not damage social solidarity, is impossible to know, or even to guess, in advance.
I think we can safely say that not knowing that there is something to know is more harmful than knowing what is known but then disregarding it because it's mostly rubbish.