Re: digital scenarios, this version of the 'New Normal' didn't make it past the government censors
The New Normal: The year is 2016, and the Internet IS a "wild west”where spooks, feds and police state groupies routinely pound innocent individuals and organizations whom have little recourse to pursue justice and protection for themselves.
Following years of headlines about general warrants, government-sponsored data breaches and Project Echelon on steroids, most Internet users operate with the assumption that, in all likelihood, their data, communications, photos, files, browsing history and most intimate moments will be hoovered up and stored in data centers forever.
If they pose any serious threat or voice strong dissent, they know with near certainty they will be targeted for intensive re-education via having their computers/peripherals infiltrated, their data stolen, and their personal information broadcast until they heed the state-sponsored narrative and profess their love for Big Brother.
Law enforcement struggles to maintain the credibility of the laughable NCIS narrative & exponential growth in their budget which facilitates small-scale cyberattacks that are more commonplace, personal and domestically focused.
As the first generation of true “digital natives" violently lose their cyber-virginity (many of them having been indoctrinated to trust authorities since they were kids), they learn that government interference with other people's data has become normalized.
Individuals and institutions respond in typically cowardly ways: bending over and receiving all 8 inches of NSA digital cock ("nothing to hide, nothing to fear"), and continuing to buy back-doored i-crap, fit-bits, and IoT barbie for their entire family.
Only a handful of smart individuals go offline almost completely or choose to use the tiny number of battled hardened tools available to stay ahead of the next government hack.