Oddball you paint a very doom laden picture of the future. I realise that it's realistic but nevertheless I prefer to hope that with more people having their voices heard or words read, there will be a better chance for minority groups to have their say.
Gutter journalism has always flourished, and with the new opportunities the computerised age brings, no doubt it will continue to do so. But if we try to muzzle them, won't that be rather hypocritical, since professing to be on the side of freedom of speech, no censorship, etc?
As long as people are willing to read sleaze, it will continue to exist. All we can try to do is read the sort of publications which we believe in, and leave the sleaze merchants to their own devices.