The mediocre now have access to the means of creation to some extent: changes through voting, web pages and blogging, making garbage entertainment, home "improvements" and much more. The broad accessibility came about because politicians or industries (the gatekeepers between crowd and finer things) in competition with one another sought greater quantity for popular support and profit. Most people didn't know about any internet in the early 90s. Someone in-the-know with access to the business and internet industries decided to get the crowd involved. Same thing happened with formerly underground metal: few knew about UM in the beginning (approximately mid to late 80s) then someone opened the gates to let the crowd in.