Thanks, all for your comment. Of course, I'm affected personally, but I can likely make a living in other ways, one of which may just be to write a book on this. I have a working title already, and I'm both mad and fearful.
For me, it's the potential to lose "my internet" which, at least for me, was somewhere I could go for intellectual stimulation, to even communicate with some of the people, rare that they are, who are creating, inventing, thinking, etc. MY internet is now a place where I can easily find out who's eating a chicken sandwich, and where to go for the best haircut.
It's not a place for intelligent thought, or at least finding those nuggets has become so difficult, I might as well go back to libraries. Present company excepted.
Tedster, you are probably right that the effects will be much less than I'm FEELING they COULD be. I've lost one way to make a living, and I feel like no longer will I be able to find that "great" content, I'm always looking for.
The social ramification of what is the "great dumbing down" of the Internet, and the replacing of authority (uh, right google), education, experience, wisdom and most of the good things I got from it, with SERPS determined by what is retweeted and `liked` are huge (that's a run-on sentence.)
I feel like I'm back in high school...Like me Like me.
I'm remaining upset but focused.
Again, thanks, and if any of you have any positives about this slow progression to the mediocre on the Internet, add em on.