Until and unless money is taken out of politics completely these ppl will always be in power. We voters get a pared down choice, a choice dictated by the monied powers that be. Unless you are independently wealthy or your campaign is subsidized by the monied, you are sol.
I'm guilty of both being old and not understanding technology. On the other hand I have been reading tirelessly about Aaron Swartz and what happened to him.
Some of us oldsters are pretty liberal and understand and approve of openness and availability for people to become informed. I think many people who are against this openness really do not understand, but would be sympathetic if things were explained to them in way they (we ) could understand.
And btw, many of us protested the War in Vietnam, so we're not all idiots or frightened. Just ignorant of newer technologies.