I’m sure we’ve all, in our voyages into the world of electronic discourse, observed the truth of these statements:
It astonishes me how many people take insult for refutation. They think that if they call someone a name – fool, for example, or dupe – they have successfully disposed of his arguments.
The internet seems to have reinforced the human tendency to resort to the ad hominem.
The spread of education has done little to raise the tone of argument, or the internet to improve its temper.
Read the whole thing at the Salisbury Review site.