I’ve gotten carried away in exchanges with strangers before, and almost instantly regretted it. Not because I think it’s wrong to stand up for things like facts. I got upset with myself because I let people get under my skin. It’s a disservice to myself, to begin with. But it’s also an insult to civil conversation. Maybe the internet has destroyed the art of personal interaction. It’s made it too easy to hide behind a keyboard. In fact, the effect it’s had on society as a whole seems to be the exact opposite of what was initially intended.

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