And even before that.
Everyone probably has his or her own memory of a particular book that dealt with
the decline of the public sphere. Richard Sennett's The
Fall of Public Man, first published in 1974, and Christopher Lasch's The
Culture of Narcissism, first published in 1979, come to mind for me. And of
course it goes without saying that back then only a very limited few had even
heard of the internet.
Go to: The internet and some of its discontents.