A very interesting Op-Ed piece in today’s New Haven Register.
Does today’s new media nurture division and not dialogue? At first, newspapers allowing a free flow of dialogue at the end of their online stories seemed like an excellent way for readers to interact with each other and help find some common ground on difficult issues. However, as the Op-Ed points out, divisiveness – not compromise – is the end result.
A quick read of comments following an article — particularly one concerning a topic that could be a launching point for a political argument — reveals not thoughtful give-and-take of citizens, but rather angry sniping of the close-minded. Much is mean-spirited and sophomoric. Hate-filled dialogue on the Internet is so prevalent it has a label: “flaming.” Welcome to “public discourse” in the digital age.
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