It really is a new era in politics, and in general, how humans interact with each other.
In that public square over the last two years, we had a populist movement in the Tea Party that was, by its nature of being relatively grass roots, wildly inarticulate about the cure, if not the diagnosis. That movement was easily coopted by an already existing deregulatory/social politics arm of the GOP party.
This movement is that movement, but without the batshit and with some articulate arguments about the need for a fix. These ideas come at us in a new public square, on Twitter, and are pretty inclusive in an overarching "The Government is bought and paid for, Fox News is bought and paid for" theme. To view the movement through a twentieth century lense is to see it as unorganized, and thus, not powerful. As someone who deals with a very profitable crowdsourcing company, I see this slightly differently.
I think we are seeing the rest of America, that does not think the EPA is the devil, does not want to cut NOAA, IMLS, or Family Planning services because of rhetoric but ALSO believe we have a broken financial system and a political system purchased by a very small population. That is how I am seeing it.