Culture has become a tiny clown circus
Through network analysis and sense making methods, it's easy to see just how tiny the western "thought leader" circus is in domains such as science, technology, philosophy, entrepreneurship, economics and entertainment. A highly controlled, self-referential echo-chamber where real innovation and dissent are sacrilege. And the few true outliers are mostly there as fish bait to guide surveillance systems and/or as controlled opposition. Great for comedy, bad for all else.