Individuals who constantly monitor the behavior of others, shaming them for what they do not approve of have been around as long as civilization. In the past, most communities have had the collected wisdom to not give these busybodies or "Karens" any real power for the greater good of all. The "Karens" exercised their freedom to rant. A few agreed with them. A few laughed at them. Most ignored them and went about life minding their own business. And for the most part we all got along.
What the hell happened?