I write an ongoing column for the Baltimore Examiner where I cover the phenomena of social media. The events that unfolded in the aftermath of the murder of the 2 New York police officers was something that I recently wrote about, not so much for the depravity of the person that pulled the trigger but for the commentary that circulated on the various avenues of social media.
Just when I think that the bottom has been reached, it gets knocked down another notch. I never respond to commentary as I liken myself to a watcher and the belief that shining a light on prideful ignorance only serves to strengthen the ignorant.
Seeing the ugly underbelly of what people will say under the cover of an avatar is something that eats away at the faith that I have in humanity to be better than their lowest common denominator. Rather than opening up necessary lines of dialogue for the purposes of finding common ground, it is far easier to cast blanket dispersions.
Do you think it is a case of intellectual laziness or an erosion of our humanity?