1) The fact that text-generating AI's exist (or even just well-funded shill farms) means that I can't verify any of you exist, and you can't verify I exist. Almost everyone who is real on the internet is aware of this, and we are only talking online because substantial, public, in-person conversations do not occur because of point 2).
2) Almost nobody talks frankly in public currently, because they are afraid of being recorded, context being selectively removed, and having what they said used against them. The most socially-accepted replacement is talking pseudonymously online, causing a massive reduction in nuance, enabling new automated forms of censorship, and also making actionable organization incredibly difficult.
3) The wide majority of people in this world are not allowed to travel in any serious degree. Although the emergence of automation should in theory make physically traveling easier, traveling appears to become more expensive with each passing year. Modern school / work schedules seem optimally stretched to prevent traveling too far away from your residence.
4) Since traveling is a luxury, it is expected that you will be several degrees of separation from every piece of important national news you hear about. For example, it is expected that you will never physically meet any politician that represents you at the federal level. Or perhaps the news could announce the nation has descended into war with another country, and there would be no way for you to verify that short of trusting / being a soldier who has personally participated in a battle. (Even most soldiers really couldn't be certain by that standard).
If you are politically-opinionated at all, these conditions should draw your concern. Not because they themselves are deadly or painful, but because they completely neutralize any political influence you might otherwise have. You simply do not have any political weight if you can't tell what you are arguing over has even occurred.