If media are loyal to establishment, then it's pretty much the oligarchy, no?

But yes, "it all goes down to that poeple are either stupid or don't care", that was the point of the thread.

Also, direct democracy would fail almost everywhere because of purely technical reasons, already. You can't have the entire country at assemblies twice a week or similar lol. However, there's a different between indirect democracy (representative) and just plain fake democracy (cough cough Russia cough).