Today, a helpful reminder:
200. Dialogue is often confused with something quite different: the feverish exchange of opinions on social networks, frequently based on media information that is not always reliable. These exchanges are merely parallel monologues. They may attract some attention by their sharp and aggressive tone. But monologues engage no one, and their content is frequently self-serving and contradictory.
Having been part of these internet discussions, parallel monologues is pretty accurate. I can’t say I’ve ever had high hopes for social media as a venue for dialogue. The latter happens for me when I’ve been in contact with people directly. And that doesn’t happen too often. There’s no replacing face-to-face.
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