Our talk today about political discourse on television got me thinking a lot about political discourse on the internet. We were complaining today that many of the videos we watched featured a lot of name-calling and other somewhat childish behavior. It struck me that the same type of discourse takes place online. I saw this a lot before the presidential election on social media sites like Facebook and you see it every day in comments on articles or pictures. Like the arguments on television, they are often pointless and really don’t change anything. They say more about the person commenting than they do about the issue, but sometimes it is so difficult not to comment.
Has anyone else run into these issues? Do we simply ignore these types of arguments or is there a way to improve the state of political discourse online? This article shows four ways to change discourse online. These points are helpful, but I doubt many people actually follow them. Can the state of political discourse online be changed? What about on television?