Re my current kick of bitching against the tide of fluff of the Net:
Most human communication seems to boil down to: "I'm here. Are you?"
Substantive content has always been rare...but we never used to be exposed to [this much] noise.... :)
Yes, that seems to be the consensus, and I can’t find a good argument against it.
Admittedly it’s more likely than mankind having changed suddenly to produce more of the superficial crap. :-)
[Well, I'm sure we do, but percentage-wise it can't be as great a change, surely.]
My emotional problem is that I always assumed that there would all kinds of filtering mechanisms and people to make it easy for me to find that substantial content. But I just can't seem to find those filtering mechanisms!
For example, I joined GoodReads, and rated dozens of books, which should help it to make recommendations for me, to find books I'd like. But looking through the recommendations, not many at all really attract me.
I think part of the problem is that what I consider "substantial" is quite subtle, and probably subjective. For example, I see an abyss of difference between Iain M. Banks and almost all other writers of space-opera books. But clearly most people don't see it, and I find it quite hard to explain. So I get recommendations of "books with big spaceships in them", not books with the subtle wit and insight which I see in Banks' books.