Sunday, February 8, 2009

When in doubt, blame the Internet

Contra John Hawkins, I've thought that American discourse was ruder and cruder well before the Internet became readily accessible. The only thing that's changed is the medium. Prior to the Internet, one could call into the local talk radio shows, shout at the loudmouth talk show host, who would then hang up on you and shout back. I'd say that one unexplored avenue for understanding our current cultural plight in the US is that of the increased trend toward hyperindividualism that has been on-going for several decades.

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