Saturday, January 7, 2017

Social media platforms encourage bad behavior

An assertion that I am making here and now.  The thing that inspires this post is a post on Instapundit, which notes that a lefty writer decided to leave Twitter because of bad behavior that she felt was being directed at her.  To which Glenn Reynolds replies that the behavior isn't exclusively coming from the right.

But of course not.  It is only natural though, that people see themselves as faultless, while they do crappy things themselves.

It is why nobody is permitted to post anonymously here.  There is solid reasoning behind it.  Psychological studies have shown that man's inhumanity to man is encouraged by anonymity.  In other words, a KKK lynching takes place with men in masks, not in the open air in which people can be recognized.

But there's nothing new under the sun, as the good book says.  This is nothing new.  Evil likes the darkness and hates the light.

Social media, that allows anybody to post while anonymous, encourages this type of behavior.  It should be no surprise to anybody that these abuses occur.

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