Who made who?
Excerpted from Maureen Dowd’s column in The New York Times, Sunday July 8, 2018:
Trump has certainly made political discourse more crude and belligerent. But is he making the whole country meaner, coarser, and less empathetic? Or was the pump primed for a political figure like him because the internet had already made America meaner, coarser and less empathetic?
Putting the blame on The Internet would seem to imply that we were always a vicious, self-centered people just waiting for the means to unleash our vitriol on the world.
I don’t believe that.
I don’t know what changed.
And I don’t know how to change it back.