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As undoubtedly you yourdself experienced on ET and elsewhere, people can make each other smile, laugh, remember, befriend, desire, anger, hate and get depressed on-line – in that, the electronic media is just another media after copper-wire telephone and letters, and doesn't yet make people idiots.

Problems I do see:

  • It is much easier to bully someone.
  • It is much easier for debates to derail.
  • After the one-way communication of TV, public discourse now fragments into several isolated communities of like-minded people who build develop their own biased worldviews.
  • The inward-looking tendency of society is enhanced (people look at the world and only see humans in it).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Nov 13th, 2012 at 10:36:36 AM EST

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