Gentzkow and Shapiro found that the Internet is actually more ideologically integrated than old-fashioned forms of face-to-face association " like meeting people at work, at church or through community groups. You’re more likely to overlap with political opponents online than in your own neighborhood.
This study suggests that Internet users are a bunch of ideological Jack Kerouacs. They’re not burrowing down into comforting nests. They’re cruising far and wide looking for adventure, information, combat and arousal. This does not mean they are not polarized. Looking at a site says nothing about how you process it or the character of attention you bring to it. It could be people spend a lot of time at their home sites and then go off on forays looking for things to hate. But it probably does mean they are not insecure and they are not sheltered.
If this study is correct, the Internet will not produce a cocooned public square, but a free-wheeling multilayered Mad Max public square. The study also suggests that if there is increased polarization (and there is), it’s probably not the Internet that’s causing it.
Internet users are a bunch of ideological Jack Kerouacs.
The internet does allow people to behave badly . . . perhaps more so than they would face-to-face.
Are you talking about rudeness being voluntary or is that a non sequitor?[sic]
Are you aware that our recent forebears had stricter rules of conduct than we do now?
You've been corrected on much more serious matters and yet you persist.
So, if your spelling is correct,
why didn't my spell check correct mine?
A simpler explanation is that people are more willing to act like jerks when they are anonymous.
David, I suggest you reflect on the irony of you correcting other folk's spelling.
Oh, you are so unworldly! I made it clear that I am an adjunct and adjuncts do not come up for tenure.
People do not conform because their conformity can not be compelled so easily on the internet
, but we are using the net for more worthy puposes than just as a forum for bad behavior. This is alluded to in the piece in the original link.