Monday, July 28, 2014

Keeping our humanity in the comments section

In the wake of the botched execution of a convicted murderer in Arizona, I am disturbed on a number of fronts. I will list the first and foremost thing that bothers me about this, but if you disagree, bear with me: I am disturbed that we are administering the death penalty with untested drugs, meaning each execution is a secretive government experiment on an unwilling subject. Second, I am disturbed by several trends in the online conversations that occurred around this news story, and many others like it. 
It seems that conversations on difficult and divisive subjects in this country have devolved past the point of productivity into the realm of partisan name-calling and contests to see who can do more to dehumanize the other party while winning the argument.

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