The Mini-Dark Ages

Once again, Ian says it better than I could ever hope to. A clip:

Instead, we were thrust into this mini-Dark Age, a paradoxical time of paralyzing cynicism and gung-ho jingoism. Subtlety has been lost in a tidal wave of moral certitude. And my beloved technologies have been trounced, killed, legislated out of existence, or betrayed by the very society that overfed themselves on their dividends.