Rather than the term "Modern" people have started to dub this the Information era. A more appropriate and specific name i believe, seeing as how at one point every era is the modern era.
On thing I've realized as an adolescent is the huge amount of infromation and exhange of ideas that is avaliable, previously because of the printing press, then the telegraph, tellphone, radio and television.
Which is now avaliable on the internet for virtually anyone to access... and contribute to. Information in the past was of a differant affair, many people were not literate and the people who tended to write the histories numbers were in relation to the general population quite small. Now i'm not claiming anything negative about this, but simply stating the orignal exclusive like nature of documented information.
Today as long as they have access to a computer and are literate (enough) people can post or read information on the web, interacting with anyone else with connection to the internet. The masses as now free to post as much information/disinformation as they wish. Now i'm not claiming that the more ancient and classical histories were never fallen to disinformation but now the process has expanded exponentially.
In fact disinformation can be brought about either through an intentional lie, or a sincire but untrue piece of information.
For as many places as there is consensus on the internet (either for positive or negative beliefs), their is places of heated discussions (often devolving into insults rather than reasonable counter-arguments).
In short though we have relatively easy access to information today more ever than before, we also have much more disinformation to sift through than ever before.
"it is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows."- Epictetus
"Generally speaking, the way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death." - Miyamoto Musashi
“If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag; wash it.” - Norman Thomas
"Wars are to be won with swords and spears, not with rice and salt."- Uesegi Kenshin