Pope Francis defines Contemporary Gnosticism:
Gnosticism presumes “a purely subjective faith whose only interest is a certain experience or a set of ideas and bits of information which are meant to console and enlighten, but which ultimately keep one imprisoned in his or her own thoughts and feelings”.[Evangelii Gaudium 94]
We commented four years ago on this citation here. The Holy Father sees this as a self-imposed prison, but the jailor sometimes draws others into the trap, as I commented on the link above:
Sometimes, it’s just a tendency, like a Catholic apologist titling an e-mail service a “secret information club.” Sometimes its a far more serious problem, both for the people who are misled, and for the person who has attracted a number of followers.
The common proverb mentions forest and trees, and that’s often an accurate skewer. The thing about those small bits, they can be apportioned out as a guru sees fit. It’s how the secular news media often operates. And sometimes they can’t help go against an attractive and profitable tack: focus on the “leads that bleed,” and we can easily draw the conlusion the world is hemorrhaging.