Why can't we agree to disagree on social media?

Sara and Michael break down the state of civil discourse online.
3:15 | 01/18/19

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This is something. You were talking about e-mail and being missent to you. Have you ever been on social media and had a friend or a family member that posts really crazy political beliefs that you're, like, oh, no. Oh, no and, like, delete or unfriend? No. I don't delete or unfriend anybody. I have seen some stuff that I have read and I'm, like, you know, our conversation is going to change, but I don't delete or unfriend. You have your own mind. I have my own mind. Believe what you want. I'll believe what I want. I don't want to argue with you. Sometimes -- I know, but -- Sometimes you're on social media because I'm hoping for, like, a really cute picture of something and all of a sudden, you are, like, I didn't know that about you and they have, like, a soapbox speech. It would change my opinion on some people without a doubt. Yeah. It doesn't tell them you're unfriended. If you accidentally do it -- I get worried. Once I follow somebody and I try to unfollow them because there are a lot of people I want to unfollow, but I can't because I'm afraid they will see I unfollowed them, and I feel guilty and I'm the bad guy. It was accidental. It was accidental. That's why you don't follow me? I noticed you unfollow me? You're not the type of guy to put that on Facebook. I don't use Facebook as, like, a political forum because I like to keep my friends. No. But it's funny. I also defriended everyone that posted that basketball video and that guy broke his leg and it kept playing on repeat. Anyone that posted that plus some other political posts, got defriended immediately. Really? That video never needed to be seen. There was a -- there is a poll that shows right now that it was according to "The Washington post," there's a group that's working on fixing the problem of civility and civil discourse where -- thank you -- where we were able to disagree in good faith. We were able to start a conversation where someone felt differently and handle the words we used and actually get somewhere, and I found it so fascinating because there was once an article I read where I tried to reread over and over, and I would encourage you to. It's called "The dying heart of disagreement." It was an opinion piece in "Th New York Times," and this is what you learn in college. When you are studying a philosopher, they used to sit around and question. They wanted to ask. They didn't start with, oh no. I hate you. They started by saying I need to know more. I need to understand you before you disagree with you. This quote never let me. Do disagree well, you have to understand well. You have to read deeply, listen carefully, watch closely. You need to grant your adversary moral respect, give them intellectual benefit of the doubt, have sympathy for his motives and participate emp thetically with his line of reasoning and you need to I a low for the possibility that you might yet be persuaded, and I think we have lost all of that in conversation these days. The second someone disagrees, you do that awful defriending thing. How dare you? And you push people away. We run to our corners and I just found that the idea that we're addressing that, because things have changed so much. You watch the news. You watch -- you read any article. It's, like, polarizing. All I got to say is I disagree with you.

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