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The key to ending online hate? Treat it like a virus. | Sarah Ruger

December 24, 2019


I don’t have the easy answer for how to have
constructive dialogue online because though it’s been a decade or two since the internet
has existed — it feels like my whole life — but it’s still a relatively new technology,
new phenomenon and we’re still trying to figure it out. I mean, it’s as disruptive as the invention
of the printing press was to our society and how we organize and it’s going to take us
time to figure out what healthy behaviors look like in that context. That’s why it’s so vital to bring together
interdisciplinary scholars and research across philosophical and discipline divides. That’s why we’re so committed to supporting
scholars who are asking those exact questions, you know, what does facilitate mentally healthy
practices online? From a content moderation standpoint, what
methods have lead to more civil communities and what have lead to greater breakdown? All of that study is playing out and will
continue to do so. I think the best that we can do as individuals
during that time is to tune in to content like this as much as possible. There’s some good advice out there for what
we’ve found thus far. I was talking with a Princeton-trained neuroscientist
who is now running a platform and research center that tracks the proliferation of hate
speech online and what was so interesting about how he was talking about this is he
was talking about incivility and hate online as almost a contagion, like a virus. Like the kind of thing that has a definite
starting point and proliferates wildly through basically bad digital mental hygiene practices. And we’ve actually been thinking about the
challenge of intolerance lately as a philanthropy, almost like you would in addressing a public
health crisis so that really resonated with me. How do you get people together who are going
to tackle a problem from a lot of different angles? How do you get neuroscientists together who
can see how people behave when they’re becoming intolerant or moving restoratively to a place
of tolerance, how do you get them together with technologists who are designing the platforms,
get them together with the conflict resolution theorists who are seeing the models that are
working in highly fractured countries abroad, get them together with the philosophers who
are asking normative questions about how we best flourish as human beings and get them
all to come together and figure out what best promotes toleration and peace and what causes
degradation into that virus of intolerance? I think the more we study it, similar to how
we study disease or other major systemic problems, the more we’ll start to identify common themes,
common factors that lead to the negative outcomes and the more that we can digest those common
factors into a set of almost individual responsibilities or best practices that inoculate you from
those harmful views and prevent you from escalating to the point of those behaviors that harm
society and ultimately when we harm each other we harm ourselves as individuals.

100 Comments

  • Reply Elijah Marshall May 31, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Hate speech is harmful especially concerning race. They spread their misconceptions globally and then everyone acts shocked when people act on this misinformation and start mass killing peoplr

  • Reply Pax00Imperium May 31, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    "Curing online hate" is code for censoring disagreeing opinion.

  • Reply AnimePro May 31, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    "hate"

  • Reply Matthew P. May 31, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    This comment section gives me hope. Maybe if people spent more time online and less time thinking about controlling the world, theyd learn a thing or two about humans. You cant stop our expression and you shouldnt try.

  • Reply KiithsaGnomer May 31, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    ..or just stay the hell away from Facebook

  • Reply Connor Courtney May 31, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Shut up

  • Reply Yong Jie Ng May 31, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    The like to dislike ratio of this clip makes it to be such an irony.

  • Reply Y IN THE WORLD May 31, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Seems to me like Sarah Ruger has been watching/read a lot of 1984, thoughtcrime! unperson! certain thoughts are criminal! Sarah this is NOT THE WAY. SERIOUSLY NOT THE WAY

  • Reply Drew McTygue May 31, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    We'll END online hate once and for all! Just like that time we eliminated viruses. Remember to scrub your eyeballs and ears to prevent the spread of hate!

  • Reply Kirla May 31, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    The Charles Koch Foundation? You mean the climate change denial family? I'm kind of disappointed of Big Think right now.

  • Reply Drew McTygue June 1, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I see no danger in surrendering the ability to evaluate ideas for myself to self righteous children who were born yesterday.

  • Reply brkbeat junkie June 1, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Hating something is not illegal…

  • Reply 4390100 June 1, 2019 at 12:24 am

    TDS, you see it everywhere, like all that went before were completely innocents, these folks ignore everything else.

  • Reply Charlie Cross June 1, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Maybe the Kochs could stop supporting racist politicians

  • Reply Tom Creo June 1, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Those who are not intolerant will be destroyed by those who are. Removing "intolerance" would mean fundamentally altering the human condition and destroying what makes us great along with what makes us bad. Finally, the irony of being lectured about tolerance from a leftist, who all claim that those who don't think like them are intolerant. When hunting for the intolerant she should first look in the mirror.

  • Reply Eli Nope June 1, 2019 at 1:14 am

    I think the best way to allow for civil discourse is to have containment boards for certain topics. The problem is when certain topics have no containment boards. The people can't discuss what they want to discuss and feel like they are being oppressed, they end up lashing out on other sites.

  • Reply Razx MNazx June 1, 2019 at 1:14 am

    im sorry i didn't quite get your name little sister
    Darth what the fuck now?
    hate is the usual and natural result of consistant and persistant pain induction
    not just in animals but in sentient self aware beings too…

    aquire a little wisdom before you play with toys much bigger than yourself please.
    the children of the future don't have to be clones.

  • Reply Eli Nope June 1, 2019 at 1:24 am

    I have an easy solution, stop advertising. Make proactive advertising illegal. The current model of the internet sells the viewers as a product to corporations. We instead need the internet to be a valuable service.

    As for harmful behaviors. The elite who oppress the masses will have to answer to the masses for that oppression. Attacks on people's freedom is attacks on people. The world may be better off if a handful of very influential, powerful and oppressive people were simply dead.

  • Reply cybersekkin June 1, 2019 at 1:34 am

    She seems to operate from the viewpoint that much of what she is calling hate speech is normally a sign of a deep-seated hate rather than as a relief valve that stops matters from getting worse. You have to let people vent once in a while to avoid the powder keg from getting to built up.

  • Reply ichtoza vuzovsky June 1, 2019 at 1:52 am

    fuck off

  • Reply Vic Thor June 1, 2019 at 1:54 am

    this channel is the mcdonald of phylosophy, in a bad way

  • Reply R S June 1, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Division has been used as a political tool, particularly by the left. It has nothing to do with technology. That is why so many young Democrats have literally stopped communicating with conservatives. They don’t want to talk, they want to be divided.

  • Reply David Boson June 1, 2019 at 2:06 am

    possibly we should ban hate by genetically engineering humans to only have a single emotion and one constant thought = love and eat more.

    Then no hate anywhere.

  • Reply One Man June 1, 2019 at 2:30 am

    This video is hatespeech

  • Reply Clint Carpentier June 1, 2019 at 3:22 am

    You hate cure online hate, until you make women take responsibility for their own shittiness, cuzz fuck you!

  • Reply George Guerov June 1, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Rubbish! What other way is left to the average Joe to be heard? Just because I would be upsetting someone doesn't mean I am hating them! Islam does not tolerate anything, why don't you try to explain to them they are a virus? What a useless waste of time, effort and tax payers money to engage scholars. Stupid!!!

  • Reply 1966human June 1, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Just report it, click on the right side of the comment and report the abusive comment

  • Reply Tami Lindsley June 1, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Wait the Koch Foundation? Unsubbed. Doesn’t matter if the message resonates. Look at the sender. ?

  • Reply Mr.13 June 1, 2019 at 4:22 am

    The freedom to love comes with the edge of freedom to hate.
    You or I may disagree and even go so far as feel affronted by someone else's expression of opinion but that gives neither of us the right to treat their ideas and them, for what is self but a collection of ideas? As a contagion. Well I may find more in common with yourself then your adversary I will not abandon my ideals in the the name of tribal loyalty nor hollow utopisim.

  • Reply Peter Brown June 1, 2019 at 4:28 am

    sorry lady I don't know what you talking about is all is all fragmented.

  • Reply Don Price June 1, 2019 at 4:55 am

    I watched this video and have no fucking clue what she said. Spent 5 minutes using big dictionary words and going in circles about a topic that could be summarized in a minute. Thanks BigFlunk

  • Reply oualdo94 June 1, 2019 at 5:33 am

    So you are against free speech Big Think…

  • Reply JestJuster June 1, 2019 at 5:34 am

    And who gets to decide on what is considered as "hate speech" ?
    You Ms.Ruger ? the Koch foundation ?

  • Reply heri styono June 1, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Hate is okay as long as you aim it towards those who truly deserve it, like Koch Foundation

  • Reply Patrick Cotter June 1, 2019 at 6:20 am

    We decided not to fuck with the press for a reason. And for that same reason we’re not letting you be the arbiter of anything.

  • Reply jackstone112 June 1, 2019 at 7:30 am

    i as a european can say, the culture war, the free spech war. that is happening in europe and the US. Will be decided in the future in the States. As long as america has free speech 1984 can't truley happen. God bless the usa.

  • Reply FuoKosx June 1, 2019 at 7:35 am

    who defines hate? You can't just overlook that problem. Free speech is and always will be the only answer.

  • Reply Carl Rodgers June 1, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Interesting

  • Reply GODLESS101 June 1, 2019 at 8:45 am

    So long as there are people to hate there will always be hate . . . Anything short of ending people will fail to end hate.

  • Reply Bart Bols June 1, 2019 at 10:31 am

    this is a recepy for dictatorship.

  • Reply mostawesomedudeever1 June 1, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Okay commie!!

  • Reply berlinSunRise June 1, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I think I am unsubscribing from this channel

  • Reply Interesting View June 1, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    What if the ones claiming hate speech are the ones doing the hating? Saying someone or something is stupid or immoral, is not hate speech. Like if I say that this video is discreetly a proponent of heavy online censorship that would filter the internet based on leftist propaganda and views, that's not hate speech. That's me expressing a very real concern with what I see; a person with malicious intent that wants to silence her objectors. She would likely disagree with me though.

  • Reply Nimz June 1, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Not a bad idea in theory. Find all the trolls and get them girlfriends that make them do fun things and hate themselves less. But… how?

    Seriously though, it's more of a mental switch that other people have to make. Internet trolls are like bad drivers, they're actually really small in number, we just tend to focus on them.

  • Reply Science Rules June 1, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    That was an almost 4 minute tutorial on how to speak a lot without really saying anything.

  • Reply Reason Vision June 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Stop, stop, did she even say anything?

  • Reply Jeremy Blacane June 1, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    If you ever feel that you are better than a racist are you by extension racist?

  • Reply Mystery Yoghurt June 1, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Learning about how to include others is a controversial topic on the far right, it would seem. "It's suppression of free speech!", the raid teams in the comments section insist. Lol.

  • Reply Cat Collision June 1, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    "Hate Speech" is Marxist Censorship.

  • Reply IvanCADtutorials June 1, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    it would take making humans from scrath to remove "hate speach" as criticism is normal for humans, it is part of growing up, so grow up, liste more carefuly nd do not post bullshit that make peopl unsubscribe.

  • Reply Emmerich August June 1, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    You just said a whole pile of nothing. “Let’s come together and figure it out” is all you got for this flamboyant title?

    By the way, viruses can be prevented with vaccination. Do you know what’s in it? Weakened viruses. Which means the only way to fight viruses is to dose yourself with them slowly. After you are able to resist your most visceral emotional reactions, you can keep a cool head even if you still get some adrenaline rush. It’s basic anger management/impulse control.

  • Reply White Velcro June 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    So suddenly hate and hate speech are the same thing as "intolerance" and "incivility"?

    I usually think "free speech" whiners are clueless about what's actually happening, but if we're going to pretend the "hate" people should be worried about is so broad that includes anyone that isn't nice, I'm jumping on the bandwagon.

    I'm intolerant AND uncivil toward hate when it actually endangers the lives and liberty of others. This means I'm the disease, too? What a joke.

    Maybe that's why the Koch brothers are involved, to be sure that no one can distinguish between encouraging mass murder and using naughty words on the internet. It'S aLL a ViRuS

  • Reply BoomBaby June 1, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Online hate = White people figuring out that they are being replaced in their native lands by massive immigration. White people are being eliminated from the Earth.

  • Reply Eugene Fisher June 1, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    shows how you can't stay off social media.

  • Reply RantKid June 2, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I online-hate the Koch Brothers. Gonna weed me out with your environmentally-damaging chemicals you sacks of fuck?

  • Reply Don Erickson June 2, 2019 at 2:56 am

    To summarize. Not everything you disagree with is hate, some of it is simply truth. How about we just follow the constitution as a guide, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to own guns… If someone says things that bother you so as to "trigger" you, you simply need to learn to ignore that. Intolerance is a myth, liberals only tolerate things they agree with.

  • Reply J Da June 2, 2019 at 3:03 am

    That should do it.

  • Reply Wm Reeves June 2, 2019 at 3:22 am

    This is fascinating to see folks starting to work on more seriously… and the dislike brigade stepping up to provide visual aids is… interesting.
    Okay wait this is Koch-bros related? Oh the dislike brigade is even more delightfully irrelevant. And now I'm the suspicious one! ^_^ Ah humans.

  • Reply The New Internet June 2, 2019 at 3:48 am

    You can't end online hate as long as Social Media networks profit from it. Yes, that's exactly right! What Social Media networks today do best is amplify the most extreme voices (those are the voices that get the most views, the most clicks, retweets, and generally the most reactions) which, as a result, generates the most $$$ (from advertising) for Social Media networks. This is not something that governments can legislate or a matter of censorship or self-policing. We need better social networks that are not based on an outdated advertising model for profit. Otherwise, not only will we not be able to "end online hate" but the hate will only get worse, as social media networks learn of better ways to monetize outrage and sensationalism.

  • Reply mycle mushie June 2, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Block and mute buttons

  • Reply Ron Haytack June 2, 2019 at 4:26 am

    JUST THE REALIZATION THAT THE INTERNET IS EFFECTING YOU IN SUCH A NEGATIVE, HATEFUL WAY MAY BE ENOUGH! OR SHOULD BE!

  • Reply franco luis sotomayor June 2, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Full

  • Reply 1NZD June 2, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Attacking the internet-based collective consciousness with a normative approach is only dangerous if enforced in law as there is currently no suitable diplomatic & democratic global system to agree on appropriate ethical (let alone online) behaviour. To enforce real life penalties or law on certain behaviours would be communistic in principle (e.g. personality scoring in Peoples Republic of China). Rather than attacking the current state of mind, we should instead focus on evolving, surpassing and superseding it.

  • Reply Jennifer Isaacs June 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Human history of any communication and media protraying human communication of various belief and ideas. Think human animal fight and flight over territory, mate, ect…realistically.

  • Reply Brent Barker June 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Opinions are hate speech in the "progressive agenda" (ie communism)

  • Reply TasteMyStinkhole June 2, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Religitardation is a serious, debilitating disease.
    Adults intentionally passing the disease to children needs to be criminalized

  • Reply Luke Fairbanks June 2, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Talk about triggered, huh guys? She's talking about tolerance for ideas while addressing harmful discourse & there you go again with misinterpretations & hate. Wake up, dude. She's trying to make that crucial distinction between tolerating opinions & not tolerating attacks such as cyber bullying, piling on, & disinformation/misinformation. Chill bruh

  • Reply Tie Ember June 2, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    When the printing press came out, it started wars; ideas were exposed to other ideas in ways they had never been before.

    I've heard the Internet put as "Plato's Cave", and I don't disagree.

    How do you have a constructive argument online?

    No offense, but could you be more of a woman?

    If there's conflict in the world, and we're yelling at each other online, than that just means we're settling real conflicts via cyberspace (if you've ever had someone legitimately screaming at you, suddenly, CAPS LOCK JUST SEEMS LIKE A QUIANT INTERNET THING, as opposed to anything legitimately scary).

    …If we were able to have constructive dialogues, what the fuck would we ever actually learn from each other?

    Wouldn't that just mean there's no volatile arguments left to be had?

    The disease is the cure…

  • Reply Tie Ember June 2, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Just another millennial that thinks problems started and stopped when they were born.

    You're talking about how to end online intolerance, and I'm pretty sure you're missing the real enemey: intolerance.

    Censoring something doesn't fix it, it just shows you're ignorant to the problem

  • Reply Silver Solver June 2, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Interesting idea, worth pursuing a multi-disciplinary approach to identify what's happening.

    Whenever that's done, I think education will have to be part of the solution. How do you accomplish that in a minority who don't want to be educated?

  • Reply Enrico Evangelista June 2, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Users of decentralized social media such as Dtube, decentralized cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin and decentralized internet are the solutions. Mainstream media, Facebook, Federal Reserve dollar, and Google are the real viruses.

  • Reply Proud Guy June 2, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    "Hate speech" is defined as anything critical of globalism and the far left. If someone says that they don't want Open Borders, the far left claims that is racist hate speech.

  • Reply Proud Guy June 2, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Bill of Rights for Social Media Users now!!. Users who have been blocked by a social media company should have recourse to appeal that decision to a real court of law!

  • Reply Ficciones June 2, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Saw video title. Then clicked and went straight to comment section for the actual "big think". Wasn't disappointed.

    (And thank you people of the internet… if I'm still hopeful it's only because of you.)

  • Reply deadsparrow28 June 2, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Learn to distinguish between 'free speech' and 'hate speech' on a basis other than "I agree/disagree with what was said and want the government to approve/ban it." Until then, you have nothing of value to add to the discussion. Go away. (PS – your disapproval number is getting up to twice your approvals. Must be all those haters.)

  • Reply MV June 2, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    "Ending online hate" is about as likely as "ending racism" or "ending rude people"

    The only measures that should exist about online abuse would be regarding constant death threats and stuff like that.
    Everything else, who cares. Who cares if some stranger insulted you online. Move on, don't feed into it. Focus on something else.

  • Reply Iago Silva June 2, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Scrolling down the comments, I see a bunch of triggerettes rapping on about censorship. Nevermind that the speaker never once talks anything about censorship and the subject is the need for more scientific studies of social media – Ingsoc was never so close, folks, and you should all be scared of the big bad wolf…

  • Reply James L June 2, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    A better question is, to what extent if any should free speech be controlled and is it free speech if we need to control how people speak and think? Sarah has thought this out well, but I think she takes a position that sides with authority and control. I am just not there. It's good that we know what people believe and say as we know who they are. Try to control and we push them underground. Further, Is a mindset of controlling what people think, which is the ultimate goal Sarah has, a good thing or bad thing? I think the social media companies are already trying to change how people think based on their own biases. I think this will have a negative impact that will negate any positives. Good luck Sarah, you're a smart person, but we kinda disagree.

  • Reply Jesuchrist Von Piro June 2, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    unsuscribed, censoring fucks

  • Reply Pass Kall June 3, 2019 at 6:06 am

    This is now my fave big think vid. So timely.. Im going to see a psychologist bc ive been the target of an online mob. Why is Charles koch sponsoring this vid? Lmao

  • Reply Dano Coutiño June 3, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I think CGP Grey explains some of this very reasonably. https://youtu.be/rE3j_RHkqJc

  • Reply James Tao June 3, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    real identity, and social credit. Just because China is doing it, doesn't mean it's a bad idea. People behaves when they can't hide behind anonymity and know there's consequence to bad behaviors.

  • Reply M.Stoklasa Jr. June 3, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Who unsub'd?

  • Reply Justin Marion June 3, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I find that avoiding American websites works great.

  • Reply MrShmanckles June 3, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Ending online hate is like stopping people from thinking. Don't think that's what google and Apple Intel Microsoft is for. Don't feel don't think OBEY

  • Reply Xamufam June 3, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Three is only one way to end hate/intolerance thats ending life itself

  • Reply raedwulf westera June 4, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Stop listening to corporate state bullshit from corporate state media and corporate state politicians. They are all professional manipulators, liars, and terrorists.

  • Reply Circe June 5, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Someone else said:
    I am also one of the far right zombies. If you beat me in an argument and mute me for spamming debunked points of view even after being debunked its censorship.

    Leftists bad.

  • Reply Scitobor 123 June 6, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Ah shit, Here we go again

  • Reply suzi perret June 6, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Constructive dialogue on line is great. Truth and injustice should always be revealed. It is not always a pretty picture.

  • Reply StuntpilootStef June 7, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    The moment you put the Koch name under your video's, you've lost all credibility. I cannot take anything funded by the Koch brothers seriously.

  • Reply Sydney Carton June 7, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    "Ultimately when we harm each other, we harm ourselves."
    That's what I personally believe, but why?

  • Reply Brian OSullivan June 9, 2019 at 6:11 am

    I think the key to end online hate, is providing affordable mental care. A lot of the hate that people vent, there’s usually no other outlet for them to express their emotions. If under the care of a qualified therapist, a lot of that hate would disappear. Also, having a social outlet outside of being behind a screen can help. Sometimes, what we see online or on television can be amplified. Meaning, that media outlets have a way of making matters more prominent than they actually are. Sometimes, preying on the vulnerabilities of the viewers. Meeting people, face to face, can help bring down the vitriol.

  • Reply Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus June 10, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    The analogy of the internet to the printing press in this video is quite apt. And historically those in power both politically and culturally when the printing press emerged took great pains to suppress a "free press." Literally, a device that could make publishing and disseminating information and opinions easier and cheaper was a threat to the established order. So printers and their presses were highly regulated to ensure that the entrenched power structures were protected from being "disrupted" (to borrow a term from the presenter). So here we are in an age with a new technology in the internet that is quite obviously "disruptive" and here come the entrenched centers of power to control that outlet for information and opinion. Of course, they do it in the guise of combating "hate", an amorphous and impossibly vague concept but a powerful justification for squelching debate and alternative viewpoints. Because, of course, those in power have one primary purpose… to remain in power and avoid being disrupted. Shame on those who would equate dissent with a "virus" or a "disease" that we need to be inoculated against. Dissent is healthy and disruption is a necessary process in a free society.

  • Reply Letum June 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    This video itself is what its trying to prevent.

    I rather take a straightforward insult, than deal with censorship, double standards and backstabbing.

  • Reply Josh Cal June 15, 2019 at 7:25 am

    My first reaction listening to this is a perfect example of the problem. You said you follow hate speech online, and the first thing I think is, "Is she talking about like the Klan, or just anything a conservative says." Because right now, anyone who stands against Liberals is a 'hate agent' and saying anything that doesn't support Liberal Doctrine is a hate speech. If you treat speech like a virus, and try to eliminate anything you don't like, you'll end up in the same situation to Germany trying to end the 'virus' of impure races. Hate speech is now any speech Liberals don't like. I say unlike a virus, we need to allow real hate speech online. Silencing people doesn't make them disappear, it just makes them have to find other options to hide in the shadows, and more isolated for the overall culture. We need to promote communication between people, not limit it because we don't like what they have to say. We need to end this whole "Saying something I don't like is abuse." fad. The problem with the internet in anonymity. It allows people to say whatever they want without fear or retaliation, and as it turns out, people are terrible. Things you wouldn't say in person because you'll get punched, are common place online. Combined that with a society that tries to avoid pain or difficulty at all costs, people never learn how to overcome adversity, and so even the smallest difference becomes 'assault' because they don't know how to deal with it.

  • Reply Lorenzo Blum June 17, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    The opportunity to act anonymously enhances deviant behaviour because one doesn't have to endulge the consequences.
    Ex. Vandalism wars politics offshore number accounts Facebook…
    Confusing anonymity and privacy is one of the first step into fascism

  • Reply FirstRisingSouI July 6, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    In the book I wrote for NaNoWriMo last November, there was a literal disease that caused people to go crazy, which started as online outrage on social media.

  • Reply R S July 9, 2019 at 1:57 am

    The people that promote the concept of hate speech are promoting division through shaming. It won’t work. People who point out intolerance are typically very intolerant.
    The reason the internet is full of hate and division is because the democrat party uses hate and division as a political tool, and they are good at wielding that tool. So we have become a hateful people. To combat the hate of the left the was the most unlikely candidate, Trump. What a real charmer, that one.
    You want to stop hate? Then stop using hate as a weapon. We could instead have real discussions. But that can’t happen. Anyone that is liberal or to the right of liberal is alt-right. You are in the center if you are among the progressives (the illiberal left).

    Remember the guys in the white robes in the democrat south? Now there are boys and girls in black masks in the democrat west. They attacked and almost killed a journalist.
    Welcome to the hate.

  • Reply N3rd on F1re August 16, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Ignoring it is probably the best thing to do, cause that's what I do with you sjw shits

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