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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, July 17, 2015

Can The Internet Be Saved?

I don't know much about Reddit, but it strikes me as the Internet that glibertarian netfreaks dream about.  It's free, caustic, organic and vicious.

The recent kerfuffle over Ellen Pao strikes me as an example of how internet "communities" automatically sink to their lowest common denominator.  Trolls gotta troll, y'all.

The anonymity of trolling is so incredibly toxic in some places that it really calls into question one's faith in humanity.  You can pretty much anything and everything pretty much gets said.

How do you have a free and open internet that doesn't degenerate into cruelty and trolling?  Hell if I know, but it's an important question.

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