Well I agree that people like pic-related are part of the problem. Luckily those sorts of people are also really impotent and don't exactly have the will or courage to do major shit. Only problem is if they form the consensus, and I'm not entirely convinced they're going to. Backlash'll come.
I think technology will develop magnificently and probably be used for hilariously shitty purposes like always. I think a major war probably won't actually come but we will repeatedly run to the brink of one. I think that both the US and Europe will steeply decline, and that China will also teeter on the edge.
I'm hopeful about some things and think some good stuff may happen but I don't wanna say what because it sounds naive even to me.
I think the internet is already going fast in that direction and that will only continue speeding up as the internet is monetized more and more and they find ways to milk everything. There'll probably be tons of subscription-based imageboards sooner or later, it'll be pretty ugly.
The reason WW1 happened was the web of alliances on a single continent. Any war among powers great enough to be a threat to a continent would quickly become a threat to the entire world. Either there will be no more (traditional/visible) wars, or a single war that has the potential to literally change everything.
It depends on what extent the government messes with the internet, and how much "mega-corporations" mess with the government. Likely, for the American people, it only get worse. The net may be mostly neutral, but there's no guarantee it will stay that way. Eventually the people that fought so hard for freedom will either give up or die, without anyone to replace them. Technology, affluence, and laziness come hand in hand, and as technology grows exponentially, so does laziness.
TL;DR nowhere to go but down.