Plausible but dark:

"With the Internet, too much information leaks out about the failings of governments. Thus, they are unable to “rule by persuasion” and are increasingly reduced to relying on sheer force. As a provocative example, Gurri believes that the Chinese government now is more dependent on force than it would be without the Internet."

- Arnold Kling

@gleech It's also much easier to see how dumb many of the people running it are, which really doesn't help at all.

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