Before there was Bill Nye, there was Mr. Wizard. Don Herbert's TV persona was a compelling and cheerfully watchable advocate for interesting science education for Baby Boomers, making the laws of nature seen comprehensible and fun in a space-race world.
The key to his success was that he explained things well — his lessons were simple demonstrations of significant scientific truths. This ability to disseminate clearly is an exceedingly rare resource in the modern world. As things grow ever more complicated and the need to make life more understandable increases, the ability to do so has clearly not kept up.
Sometimes it's hard to avoid the sense that it's that way on purpose, that certain people promote obfuscation and confusion to sell a certain point of view. Why explain how computers work if it just means you're out of your IT job? Why acknowledge the important details of useful legislation when you're busily attacking it? And if you're one of those same Baby Boomers, why carry a facade of disdain for station wagons when we know, thanks to ThirdPedalGirl, just why you REALLY prefer crossovers like the upcoming Crosstour?