With all due respect to Todd Gitlin, pumping shrill bellows about the shrill bellows being pumped remains a few strides short of coherent alternatives.
One question Mr. Gitlin:
Why is there no mention of the spectrum of sound, reputable documentation sites that have been around for decades, doing the heavy lifting, setting the foundations for alternatives? I would submit that readers here might be able to provide you with a lengthy starter list. For example: Center for Investigative Reporting and Sunlight Foundation to mention only two and invite others to add to the list. There are groups documenting ecological cases to turn around - and they have been managing to serve the public well; Human rights and civil rights... the list goes on. People poohpooh online petitions, yet these are legitimate rallying points that also serve to document responses on issues - albeit no replacement for actual engagement on the ground.
Don't get nasty and angry. Get informed and work to build that rather than descending into the mud pit. Or - when you DO descend into the mud pit, transform it, don't just talk about it because there is this thing called TIME in which people organize.
Notable is the social media functional appellation 'followers' - not good when over a half century of impoverishment of the public civic life narrows a democracy from organic breadth of 'advise and consent' by means of fraudulent economic 'theory' touted by the 'school' of Milton Friedman and Chicago boys - in retrospect internationally active organized criminals cutting their teeth by conducting coups. There's a maelstrom that has settled into a broad patch of quicksand just waiting to suck anyone down who plays with the vipers in the pit.