We, people, are still in an infancy stage when it comes to understanding Internet communications. Not the capacity for communication, but the impact and ripple effects that this communication has on all of us.
There seems to be a perception that people all of a sudden feel differently than they have for so long, or that something radically changed. Sentiments wax and wane over time, but changes are typically slow to evolve.
The big difference today from 10 or 15 years ago is the capacity for anyone and or everyone to voice how they really feel. And most people are just not ready for that much outside input, especially when it contrasts with their own feelings and or beliefs.
I don’t think it is so much that feelings have changed radically in recent years. I think we are just now discovering how significantly different feelings and beliefs really are and have been, from place to place, race to race, gender to gender and so on.
The next step in this long evolutionary process is learning how to learn & understanding the differences. This will be a long process. Hopefully we will all learn how to accept how different we are and why. And in a perfect world this will enable us to all to become better and more informed citizens of this great nations.