Public discourse today is in a sorry state. Internet technology mixed with identity politics helps to drive its degeneration. Communication at the speed of light does not encourage thoughtful deliberation, and gazing at a screen cannot convey humanity like a living face. Ill-considered and intemperate words fly – words that would never be spoken face-to-face.
Add to this a growing party spirit that devours goodwill and civility with an insatiable appetite. From the opinion page to the front page, TV to Twitter, we are awash in a sea of seething rage.