Reading the Comments sections beneath films and articles can leave one feeling certain that humanity must have gone mad – or is inherently vicious and unkind. The truth is a good deal less tragic: it’s just that we’ve never been taught how to comment or how to spot the connection between our own unhappiness and alienation – and our desire to take vengeance in the anonymous digital world.
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“Comment sections online should be the beautiful public squares of our democracies: places we navigate to for frank and thoughtful exchanges of ideas; places where we learn to understand each other’s point of view and where serious discussions evolve over time.
But, of course, they are havens of the grossest abuse, verbal violence and cruelty. It’s understandable if we sometimes conclude, after time reading comments, that humanity has lost its way…”

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