Another aspect of all this that has yet to be talked about is the shift of entertainment away from old media sources and towards the internet.
Growing up, the means of entertainment was very compartmentalized and very isolated. That is we had to watch television, or listen to radio, or read newspapers and magazines, or watch video tapes, or listen to tapes or CDs, or play video games. And all that was done with very little feedback from consumers to the entertainment companies.
But now that I have the internet in my house I can be entertained by all the things out there. I can be entertained by watching home videos on YouTube. I can be entertained by reading people's personal blogs. I can be entertained by playing java games. I can be entertained listening to podcasts. I can be entertained talking to other people on forums such as this one.
So now those big entertainment companies don't have the lock on the entertainment industry that they used to have. So instead of paying them to provide me with entertainment people can entertain each other by their mere interaction for free.
Which means that nowadays the internet is our modern source of bread and circuses, which the people get from Amazon and YouTube.
And if the government cuts off that access to entertainment and interaction the mob is going to get awfully restless and awfully angry. And since they are no longer kept in line, they'll get off their butts and do something about it. And it won't be pretty.