Did anyone have opinions prior to the Internet?
The Internet, among many things, has seemingly given everyone an outlet to voice their opinions. (Twitter is a cacophonous tunnel, one that requires admission. No it’s not free.)
This is a funny read. And a good example.
Of course, if you believe in free speech, then all opinions–both in support and dissenting–are valid and deserving. It is also privileged. Freedom of speech has contingencies.
Speech is privileged for those who have the means and capabilities. Those that control the means and access… that’s another story. That’s capitalism.
(Under any and all political systems and/or societal apparatus, be it socialism, capitalism, or communism, accumulation of wealth is still the ultimate goal in civilization. The Panama Papers prove that.)