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I think matt taibbi wrote a book about how the search for outrage eyeballs in the "attention economy" gave form to a lot of what I believe you're talking about here? journalism, how ever skewed it used to be, has been hollowed out and replaced with the outrage echo chambers, to a great extent?

I'm sure there's a few supervillain technocrats too but a lot of this stuff seems to have happened almost accidentally with a race to the bottom of how to get people to click angrily on things. Those sweet sweet angry validation dollars!