Technology today allows common people to do things that were once only possible for kings and emperors.
For example, in the past, only very powerful people could call for an item to be fetched from across the globe. Today, anyone can do this.
Or, in the past, only very powerful people could surround themselves with hundreds of yes-men to echo their own insane opinions, allowing them to slowly lose touch with external reality and spiral into sadistic madness while maintaining delusions of wisdom and benevolence. Today, anyone can do this.