The Internet Has Lowered the Quality of Online Discourse

Anonymity and politesse don’t mix.

©The New Yorker Collection 1993 Peter Steiner
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As is usual every morning, my roommate was reading the news on the internet. But he doesn’t actually read the news for the news itself; rather he reads the comments on the news from other readers. And as with most mornings, he reads them aloud to me.

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