Maybe the internet is "turning us into sociopaths". So says one worried soul, concerned about online rudeness.
It’s as if we’ve all forgotten that there’s a real person on the other end, reading and being hurt by our vitriol. That’s as close to the definition of sociopath as one needs to get for an armchair diagnosis, though of course many other typical sociopathic traits are also being encouraged by social media.
"we've all forgotten": fascinating to see the author turn from demonizing trolls to picking on, well, all of us.
Evidence for this is thin, mostly anecdotal: "Just take a look at how people are talking to each other as well. Frankly, it’s terrifying". Or the support is vague: "the depressing and seemingly exponential rise in libellous, abusive and unpleasant behaviour between human beings unencumbered by worries about consequences." Exponential, really?
As is usual with cyberfearmongering, the mongerer in question quickly recommends government-imposed discipline:
perhaps what’s needed now is a bolder form of censure after all, because the internet is not a universal human right. If people cannot be trusted to treat one another with respect, dignity and consideration, perhaps they deserve to have their online freedoms curtailed. For sure, the best we could ever hope for is a smattering of unpopular show trials.
Let's see if mainstream media and politicians pick up this tech-friendly-sourced complaint, a la Jarod Lanier's.
(thanks to Steven Kaye)