“Keep On Tweeting, There’s No Techno-Fix For Incivility Or Injustice”

Our online climate is littered with foul comments, rude actions and other traces of incivility. Whether this type of behavior is a direct consequence of the immediacy of options for reacting to the online content that makes you tick off, or is a symptom of a general moral or civil decay amongst Internet users, is hard to determine.

Evan Selinger

Evan Selinger

Often the cry for more civility is accompanied by a well-meaning advice for the Internet vigilantes to read some books, in order to prompt more well-tempered behavior. But, as ISSP associate Evan Selinger explains in this Op-Ed, such a proposal falls short of effectiveness in real world messiness, Evan’s point of view in the matter is partially derived from his experience as a professor in philosophy where his experiments on moral choice of students have given him special insight into the mechanics of civility and the subtleties between theoretical naivety and psychological reality.

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