Sure, much new-tech chat is inane and only some is expansive, but it was before the tech, it was just local then. Regardless of the technology, there will always be people who only want to discuss dumb stuff, but there will also always be people who want to know more. The global one to one communcation that new-tech gives us has its pros and cons. I dislike the cons but I abhor loss of the pros:
- Obsess about characterless brands: coke, nike...
- Discover rights and equality when your society tells you they're not important,
- Publish crime, from car theft to police supression e.g. Iranian election protesters,
- ... lots more