No, not the power grid. The propaganda grid. It was 10 years ago that we unplugged the television in our house. We were insulated from 24/7 coverage of: Monicagate, the 2000/2004/2008 election cycles, 9/11, the Global War on Terror. We stay informed: high-speed internet, two daily newspapers, and countless magazines. It's interesting to note how perception of events change over the course of time. When you're not part of the hype cycle, you have the luxury of reflection and contextualization.
I guess that makes us happier, as well. At least according to this study