"Why Have We Soured on the 'Devil’s Advocate'?" by Nitsuh Abebe nytimes.com/2018/04/03/magazin

This is a good piece on why it's so hard to have reasoned debates online.

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@nolan I thought this was quite succinct: "They turned all speech into public pronouncements, and thus all conversation into a strange form of activism, part of a zero-sum battle over which ideas will find a foothold in our collective attention."

I believe the most lasting consequence of social media is the trend towards "speech as performance". Whether it's your hobby or a conversation with a stranger, there's an audience to please and a personal brand to build.

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