The more I use social media sites — Slashdot, Reddit, Facebook, MySpace, Digg and even newspapers with comments — is that they do not encourage engagement.
In other words, they let us side-step the question of “is this a good idea?” on any item, and instead comment simply on what we think of it. We’re not predicting cause and effect; we’re judging parts of reality as to whether they fit our personal preference.
Think about all the things in modern life that are like this:
Modern society is built on the principle that each individual is a king — in a domain limited only by commerce. Given how leftist individualism is, and how rightist capitalism is, that shows us an odd convergence.
As we get more into this method of letting each person measure how things appear to them, while we as a group never seek the truth, it’s not surprising that our problems don’t go away — we’re recreating them with our laziness and bratty, social media-style behaviors.