Think about the accessibility of information you are able to reach. Generations before you had to endure diverse hardships to access a fraction of what you have at your fingertips. A schoolhouse was the source of information, truth, and influence. Then, as time progressed books where more readily available to a certain few at least, for not everyone necessarily was literate.
Most of us have no idea in the capabilities of the magnitude of accessibility to information we have today. When we think of how envious we are of those that attend higher learning institutions (I admit), take notice of the fact that today you have access to information once envied by those before us.
With obvious exceptions, there are very few excuses for us not to be considered intellectuals of society. Access to masterpieces (free press) from the likes of James Joyce, Miguel Cervantes, Oscar Wilde and many more can and will provide the base for the information revolution. No longer are the masterpieces of human kind confined to the privileged few.
Whoever coined the term "information is power" probably noticed the true potential, whilst considering the beholder. Since only a privileged few held it for so many generations, they saw to exploit the rest of us. Today is a different story. Most people are kind at heart despite what the mainstream constantly feeds us. The same people are gaining knowledge and using it in a way seldom seen before; progressively. They are no longer believing the rhetoric preached infinitely. They have realized that true power comes from within.