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originally posted by: redtic
I think one of the biggest pitfalls of the internet is that it heightens our ability to react and lessens our tendency to think, causing these knee-jerk reactions based purely on emotion, without any rationalization, causing instant conflagration. The fact that you can see a story, a blog, a post, a tweet, and instantly and irrationally react to it without knowing context, validity, etc just grows the divide that is already there. I think the hyper-partisanship has always been there - the internet just gives us another way to channel it, albeit exponentially so.
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
The internet has changed society and made us hyper-partisan. The internet has an equivalent in human society, we call it the mob. The loudest voice and most extreme views get the most attention. This is the basic premise of how the web operates. Exaggeration, hyperbole and fear mongering are what get results.