The jury is in.
Centuries of debate about human nature have come to an end.
Are we, at our core, kind and altruistic, or self serving and basically shit?
That used to be a debate. A legitimate question for discourse. A rhetorical arc from Locke vs. Hobbes to Annie vs Jeff.
But we have adjudicated it.
The conclusion, it turns out, wasn’t philosophical, it was empirical. A grand social experiment tested these dialectical hypotheses, revealing which obtained.
We call that experiment the internet.
People are who they are when the social enforcement mechanisms are suspended...or as we like to call it, under the cover of anonymity.
The internet is a place where people are who they are. YouTube comments do not represent a few crazies. They are a good empirical sample of the human condition.
And what do we find there: racism, sexism, anti-religious vitriol, anti-irreligious vitriol, ad hominem, bullying, intimidation, and every other way that a human can degrade not only another human's attempt to make something in and out of the world...but to degrade the human doing the making.
And then there’s Twitter.
How do we negotiate power imbalance without external enforcement? How do we handle power imbalance when we can handle it any way we want?
Felicia Day doxxed for expressing fear that she might be doxxed for speaking out?
Christ have mercy. Grant us wisdom and courage to be who we aren't.