I'm the guy you originally responded to.
First off, show some class; that picture is disgusting. I've been seeing more and more of that shit being posted on chans, probably by younger try-too-hards; do you think that this makes you look cool? You're on tohno-chan, not /baphomet/ (not that I have a problem with those guys.
To be fair, yes, there have been genderqueers and other such nonsense since the early days; however, those people were laughed at and you'd find yourself in serious therapy if you went down that route. Now, people just accept it, or at least brush it off. We didn't have "safe spaces" or any such bullshit ten years ago; there was no where to go to play with playdough or watch videos of puppies and kittens whenever you encountered a disagreeable lecture or conversation. No one enabled that shit. The internet really did bring it about, because the younger generation just accepted the internet as a sincere part of reality, therefore whatever that was on the internet was automatically valid. Even those who are old enough to know better are starting to forget.
Just because there is information out there, doesn't mean people are reading it. The constant exposure to the internet has conditioned people to read shorter fragments of information; not many people read books any more, especially the younger generation. Hell, I'm 31 and I have read roughly 140 books in the past two years, but before then I barely read at all. I don't know of anyone else who has read that much. Granted, I have all the time in the world to do such a thing.
I will grant you one thing: the internet has indeed exposed people to more than one source of information. Before the internet, people seemed to just soak up whatever was in the papers or on the television news. Now, people seem to be slightly aware that things are not always what they appear to be, and conspiracy theories are far more rampant than they used to be. News of worldly events and affairs is somewhat less biased and colored than it used to be, provided that you are motivated and smart enough to try to figure things out.
HOWEVER, most people still just automatically believe in whatever propaganda piece is being shown to them, either through various media online, blogs, or tumblr of all places. I just saw comments to a video of "ISIS DESTROYING NIMROD" by Channel Four news on Facebook (I hate facebook; I want to delete my account); a handful were smart enough to pick up on the clues that it was a fake ruin, but most people just automatically bought into it and let their emotions take over. And these people were conservatives, not the leftard "LISTEN AND BELIEVE" crowd that is burgeoning like a cancer on the internet and real life.
The scary fact is, is that anyone can potentially produce propaganda now to influence others. Whether you are a rich man with connections or a NEET living in a basement, it hardly makes a difference. I'm willing to bet that I have enough knowledge about social engineering that I could start some minor campaign to mold people's minds towards a particular attitude or subject; it would take months, probably, but I wouldn't be surprised if I at least got several hundred to believe in whatever bullshit I told them. Mostly because people simply believe in what is shown to them online, for the most part. And from those hundreds of people? They could potentially influence hundreds more, thus making it a viral domino effect.
I'm not sociopathic enough to do that (at least not without a good reason), but the fact that I could scares me sometimes.