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Men and women now but it's never made. It's wrong, somehow it's youth wrong, how kind of democracy function if that is become a events, become understanding of rotten row. I think it's partly because we are not trying to get to know it other anymore. I think it's partly because of a breakdown in community that suddenly been exacerbated by social media. I think it's so much easier to say in a we're face to face now and. I think if we can see the reactions on each other's faces we've just had coffee together before this interview, I think, to be cruel to someone when there is some basic human connection is a much harder thing to do than when you're complete disembodied in social media over Twitter and Facebook, what has happened is forms of incivility have grown in the. The trysts fear, and the online world. And we creasing Lee seeing those forms of behavior seep into real life. If you like. General political a national discourse, and I generally find that. If someone has been horrible, cruel nasty to me online media, if I ever, do meet them in person, there's an immediate crumpling of their position apology that something when you are with someone it's not always the case, of course. But when you have that real meeting people, people are different somehow, we reestablish community between opponents. How do we find four where we're connecting with each other? Again. I don't know the answer to that should be what we see a huge issue to sort of frame it up the way I say it is that we now have a virtual global public square care, once a publicly was a place. Raymond Senator, whatever then it became if you like the houses of parliament in Britain. Then massive expanded on newspapers. And then by radio and television now social media, go to virtual public square given that everyone can express the point of view on it and do so. And that we've become so atomised. The question becomes, how do we learn a gain live without differences and? The has to be surely at least a willingness to hear the other person as well as talk to the more at them if we're going to bridge that divide again. What they is. We are early state. Sometimes it's hard to find causes of optimism. When you're confronted with the worst of what's happening the moment. But my hope is partly based on the fact that we're in the relatively early stages of this social media phenomenon and throughout human history. There's often a move towards a revolutionary technology or revolutionary idea takes hold for periods. And there's often a reaction to it. And I think we're beginning to see that reaction with a lot of people for closing down their Facebook, especially young people. Yeah. Because they don't like the distraction element. They don't likes the, the, the whole nature of a lot of the debate the personal nature of it, and it may well be that now on my iphone. I have a monitor of my screen time. And when I say the number of hours, I spent on that food it's horrifying, maybe they're going to be technological, as well as other cultural responses to this. Much more profound than those are the ones that I've just mentioned that will allow us to recreate community that will that people will start judging. Very nasty reactions on Twitter, and that will become the greater sin in a next generations, cultural development that what we occurring living through a rush to take offense rushed to think the worst of people that. As a first resort people will come to regard people engage in that behaviour very badly. Maybe it's for loan full-on hope. Well, it's hope we have to bring to go on a reality. Now this new numous. If you like contradiction of the heart of all of this, we live in what's called an empathy culture, where one level would tell the worst of all is to offend another person, the tickly that person's self identified victim must not offend them that is to confirm. They victimhood on the other hand, often the same paperless aims to me, armed with the keyboard will absolutely shred anybody who to disagree with them. How do we fit wise? At the people say the contradiction. There's. One of the biggest growth industries in the world of the is the victimhood industry, and I worry that it's taking place on the right as much on your left. And I think one of the leading characteristics, really of the whole Donald Trump phenomenon is he's turned a lot of the right and thinking that they are big Tim's of cultural economic content. The logical technical, some of them are, there are some real victims of the changes that we're seeing out there, but to think of yourself as a victim not masters of your own destiny. Captains of your own ship, if I think it's an infantilism really of people and culture. So don't think I'm quite on during your question directly. But the anyone can. But I think the beginning the beginning just as we took into position meter few minutes ago. The beginning of solution finding a solution is no of the problem. An awareness of how we're bagging and to recognize our own tendency within each of us. You talked about in a sit sitting passes through the hearts of every person. That's right. But the tendency to see us houses victims and unjustly treated is to pops. We can all we can all look to personal reform before wider

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