I share similar observation. The Internet unleashed a plethora of opinions that are not reachable elsewhere to masses. We should also remember that this is not new and happens frequently with disruptive means of communications.
Notably, the printed bible has made Martin Luther a “star” overnight and broke the grip of catholicism in northern countries. The newspaper and pamphlets enabled the French/Russian revolutions. The television was useful to build national identities across masses (e.g. Olympics, Moon landing) and the radio permitted resistance to pass their message when other means were suppressed by ruling governments (40s to mid 70s).
Today. Bible is controlled, newspapers are controlled, radio became short range FM and is controlled, TV is controlled. Internet is the oddball. Perhaps within 1~2 decades becomes fully controlled too, as seen already in the UK, China and soon US when it closes the gaps (already costed them one election cycle).
One day the Internet becomes finally controlled. Without illusion of privacy nor anonymous browsing at any point of our global society. Then comes the interesting question: what will then be used by our kids for replacing the Internet?