I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
I have to disagree with you, Kris. Very little of my piece is about technology, and what is is about what people are saying and how they’re saying it. The technology is secondary, and merely a conduit.
To your main comment, though, I understand what you’re saying. I took the inflammatory tweets and ignorant Facebook messages between bickering people as my evidence. People very quickly end up expressing their rage and distaste in a way that seems as if they’re trying to verbally beat the other person into ideological submission.
I’m not quite sure how what I wrote isn’t about free speech. I specifically talk about how people with inflammatory and ill-advised screeds coming out of their mouths cite “free speech” as a justification for what they’re saying. The use of that concept as a crutch is real, and stands behind a lot of speech that does nothing to either further that person’s cause, or just good discourse in general. Maybe that wasn’t clear.