So, to sum up: The Internet has removed “constraints on what can be said.” It has meant that the mainstream media and party establishments have “lost most of their power.” Legacy institutions can no longer “set bounds” on us.
And this is all bad! And scary! And a threat to democracy!This is quite interesting in light of the social organization in the US during the anti-war protests in the Vietnam era. There was an almost total blackout of alternative opinion in the US media and what coverage there was pictured the opposition as a motley band of socialist crackpots, communist sympathizers, or DFHs (dope-crazed "dirty fucking hippies practicing "free love").
The only communication apparatus the anti-war movement had was the alternative newspapers ("underground press") that cropped up samizdat-style.
The Internet and social media have changed all that by bringing balance into the equation. The powers-that-be are freaking out. It's safe to assume that "they" are hard at work trying to devise ways to put a stop to this "outrage."