This is a direct reflection of the Internet revolution.
People have always questioned the established order of a particular time. They had hunches that something was amiss. That the whole story wasn’t being told. Now people can follow their hunches more easily by going online.
It’s not so different from what happened with the printing press.
For centuries people just assumed that what the priests told them was actually the Gospel. The priest class could read. The average person could not. The person who worked in the fields had no idea what was in the Bible aside from what they were told was in the Bible. With the advent of Gutenberg’s great invention and then the widespread literacy which followed, the old order was first questioned, and then through the Reformation, overthrown to a large extent. The Internet is at least as important as the printing press and we are witness directly to this amazing time in history.
All the assumptions are being challenged. The political parties, the media, the banking system, lifestyles, use of time, what makes for a “good” life.
Interestingly the bourgeois middle class ideals are not being tossed out wholesale as this revolution occurs. Indeed the family and personal independence, call it a frontier, self sufficient attitude appears to be enjoying a renaissance in the midst of the chaos. Many people have questioned the institutions, found them lacking, and have decided to go their own way. For some this may mean living fully or partially off the grid, growing their own food, home schooling, or gun rights. For others it may mean gay marriage and legal pot. For an increasing number of Americans it may mean all of these things.
I don’t see this trend diminishing anytime in the near future. Indeed this is one of the reasons the established order seems so keen on locking things down via the state. (Which is still controlled mostly by the old order.)
(From The Washington Examiner)
Overall, said Gallup’s analysis, “Confidence in banks — which took a hit amid the bursting housing bubble in 2007 and 2008, and dropped further after the ensuing financial crisis — fell the most, plunging from 49% in 2006 to 27% now. Confidence in organized religion, which has felt the effects of the scandals enveloping the Catholic Church, dropped from 52% to 41%, one point below last year’s previous low of 42%. Television news, newspapers and Congress all dropped 10 points — pushing newspapers to a 20% confidence level, two points below their previous low of 22% in 2007 and 2014.”