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Mark Weber

Save the Children

Can we have a decent conversation please?

Call me naive and idealistic, but as the internet was getting off the ground I really believed it would be a channel whereby people would find out more from each other, listen, discuss and debate. But when I look at debates online, all I see is people shouting offensively to each other. Forums and comments remind of a large crowded room, where people stand on a box and shout at everyone else, protected by being anonymous. Am I being too negative? Are there ways in which the internet really could open up debate so that people learn from each other rather than shouting at each other? Or is it already happening and I just havent looked in the right place?

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