Methods of controlling empires has remained the same for millennia. Machiavelli’s The Prince enumerates time-tested elite tactics that seem to transcend every possible leadership scenario. Is it possible that technology has changed the rules? I think so, but you may disagree.
Many have debated the impact of technology on human behavior and governance. I want to point out two clear and present factors directly resulting from the information age. I believe they may have already changed the rules for engagement between the elites and the masses. I see almost nobody discussing them.