Bobbitt (the fellow I first learned about the erosion of the nation-state from) theorized that the newly neutered national governments will try to legitimize their power by demonstrating that they can protect us from global threats (terrorism, cyber warfare, pandemics, etc.). As always, he was too optimistic.
As we can see, the newly neutered national governments are legitimizing themselves by offering material for our Facebook and Twitter activities. Hey, who can blame them? It’s surely easier to fire off incendiary tweets than to fight viruses or terrorism.