Dieter Bohn thinks
the death of Google Reader made a space for the algorithmic news feed, which was weaponized to spread disinformation, which broke our shared acceptance of facts,
Like that many people were using RSS feeds to get there news in 2013. Pretty sure it was just Facebook and the rise in easy access to shitty opinions and the ease to share those shitty opinions as facts with other people who believed the shitty opinions.
Tech writers and pundits give the tools they use more weight then the tools deserve because the tools are essential to the writers and pundits work, but probably not to the larger general population.