I think the primary conceit of our time that we won't recognise until later is that we think we can expose ourselves to constant barrages of partisan content, advertising, and messages insidiously designed to appeal to our strongest fears and desires, and somehow emerge with the core of our character unscathed. It's the smoking of the 21st century. It is a very real thing that we don't yet fully understand and are pretty sure is bad for us.
Yep. It's a constant battle to be decent when you feel like you're marinating in everyone else's indecency 24/7. Then you try to slough it off while interacting offline and it gets tougher and tougher with time. Well, for me it does. Maybe other people are better at leaving that stuff safely locked in the ethernets. I don't know.
@doc Yeah, when things went to shit in my once-fave "community" post-Trump, I managed to blcok/flee/unfollow before having any huge public meltdown. In private, though you better believe I did my share of crying and cursing. Luckily I work from home and the cat is a sound sleeper.