Home to cats, buzzfeed, fails, and lots and lots of porn, the internet has fuelled the hopes and dreams of a generation. In a world fundamentally transformed by the internet, and a world crowded (one might even say over-crowded) by competing campaigns, causes, and clamours for equality here, fights against injustice there, and e-petitions just about everywhere, it’s easy to slip into the complacent belief that ours is the age of social justice, and that its greatest beacon is the internet.
If only. Online forums of all kinds are becoming ever more isolating as their crucial arguments become lost in abusive jibes, unhelpful confrontationalism, and a belief that you can say what you like in front of a computer in your dressing gown with a fresh cup of coffee to bolster your nerve. Continue reading