The Internet has killed civility

Newsweek recently listed 14 things that are being killed by the internet with Civility ranking fourth.  Citing Matthew Moore of the Telegraph who writes, “The internet has wrought huge changes on our lives – both positive and negative – in the fifteen years since its use became widespread.”

At the top of his list is the loss of: “The art of polite disagreement…the inane spats of YouTube commenters may not be representative, the internet has certainly sharpened the tone of debate.  The most raucous sections of the blog world seem incapable of accepting sincerely held differences of opinion“.

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