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If I had set out to deliberately offend the Scousers, I would have gone a lot further

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

Rather than enjoying a golden age of free expression, we now live in a hysterical, censorious culture where the mob lies in wait for a slip of the tongue or an opinion they don’t like
Rather than enjoying a golden age of free expression, we now live in a hysterical, censorious culture where the mob lies in wait for a slip of the tongue or an opinion they don’t like

There's something both striking and depressing about the way people have adapted to the internet and social media.

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None of us is ever more than a click of the mouse from every piece of philosophy ever written, every political idea that ever gained traction, every movie ever made and every book ever written. In short, we have, at the end of our fingertips, an information resource that was the stuff of Utopian science fiction only 20 years ago.

What a pity we have taken perhaps the most important technological tool ever created and decided to use it to mainly share pictures of kittens and form electronic lynch mobs who dribble with righteous and incoherent fury whenever they are exposed to something they don't like.

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