A reading suggestion: Unplugging Americans From The Matrix. No, it's not an article about the internet. It's an article that in one respect compares the United States and China and in another respect is critical of some of the things taking place in the USA now. Actually the author, Paul Craig Roberts, is himself blogging about two articles written by Ron Unz. The article is informative, well written and concise, but to get the full picture, you must absolutely read the two articles by Unz. (Links to those articles can be found in Roberts' article.)
I highly recommend taking the time to read these articles. They offer some serious food for thought.