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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2024 @23.26 »

a very good friend of mine told me to always pick and choose my battles. such a thing is so obvious, right? you'd think so, but it helps a world of a lot when it comes to online arguments/debate/conflicts/whatever. sometimes some of them aren't worth the time and effort to get into and it'd be headache to engage otherwise. i really only "argue" if there's a bigger point or benefit to me behind it, otherwise why expend the energy?
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« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2024 @856.59 »

The summary version: the absence of in-person interaction lowers the stakes of hostility and strips away the ability to pick up on non-verbal communication, any discussion of import requires a minimum matching of premises about reality, without which any fruitful discussion is impossible, frequently people believe that those with wrong beliefs are also evil, and people typically want to hurt those they hate, consequently the people who hate each other have an opportunity to fight verbally very easily on the web.

I don't believe people are worse on the internet, I believe the internet removes inhibitions toward this behavior, and makes visible the real feelings people have had all along, but are not shown to our faces in our day to day lives.

Unsurprisingly omni-blocking has arisen as the solution to all of this. You read something you don't like? Just remove it! This has had some pretty bad consequences in the long run though, where people get into a habit of not actually thinking about counterarguments or actively ignore truths that threaten their beliefs, without making any plans to think it through later even if they decide they can't do it then. This is why critical thinking is something trained; it's not the default way people exist in the world.
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