Quote Originally Posted by Jim Christie View Post

Perhaps more than anything else, this change in distribution channels plays a large part in people's attitudes towards things like street photography. In Winogrand's day (and before), the main distribution channels for (non journalism) photography were books, galleries and possibly magazines. Very narrow by today's standards, and only a very few made it into any of these venues. Contrast that to the present day where Flickr claimed that have over 6 billion photos uploaded in 2011. In 1965, a candid shot of you on the street would likely remain in a shoebox. In 2013, you will almost certainly be on display for all to see. Couple that with the fact that many feel increasingly powerless in all aspects of life, and people start to lash out.
You nailed it, right there, 1000%. This is the world we live in. The internet changed everything for photography, and honestly I don't think most of it is good at all. Can't have our cake and eat it too. Yes, we did gain speed of access, convenience, exposure (in a good way, as photographers), but in return we received loss of privacy at every level, paranoia by those being photographed, extreme competition, loss of real world skills, and being bombarded by loads of junk that a mere 15 year ago would have indeed been relegated to a shoe box. There is sensory overload at every level and many are just getting fed up and lash out. Not surprising at all.