Yet there’s a side effect.
We shouldn’t forget the freedom of speech we gained is still corporate, as it’s corporations who determine what’s allowed on social media. There’s also the problem of filter bubbles. Because of Facebook’s algorithms I only get information that doesn’t challenge my vision. Facebook knows who I am, what I like, and what I want to read, so I’m constantly in a bubble of info that agrees with that. While people like me get liberal leftwing newscasts, there are a whole lot of people on the other side who never read about the good Obama accomplished, for example. They only get the lost, stupid, brainless messages that invalidate the truth. Republican media keeps smashing in manipulated data, turning facts into hoaxes and paving the way for Donald Trump in the meanwhile. The truth no longer matters.
Media in the US is also pure sensation. This goes back to capitalism, as the media, like any other company, has to grow bigger each year in order to survive. It’s how the system works. Because of social media and alternative news sources, growing becomes more difficult for the media, so they need more views and clicks. During election time in the US, readers were more likely to click on articles that sensationalized the outrageous stuff Trump was uttering, so the media chose to share that information instead of covering a guy like Bernie Sanders, who said educated things that are relevant, but more complex to understand. Trump also knew the media’s tendencies; so on key moments he’d say something very absurd and provocative to divert the attention from his team’s unprofessional behavior. Some 20 years ago, Trump said he knew very well how to trick the media, and he proved to be right.