In the late 1980’s, as the use of email became ubiquitous in Silicon Valley culture (we had email before, but it was not ubiquitous until everyone had a terminal on their desks), you could actually watch social dynamics change because of it.

It used to be that in society people would self-censor their thoughts and opinions to avoid getting (at best) social ostracization, and at worst a fist if their faces. Email removed that concern; suddenly people could say what they liked without fear of physical violence.

So they did. What came of that was that we suddenly realized that other people weren’t quite as sane as we previously thought.

Also, it came to light that a LOT of people were perpetually angry about this or that………….and that;s not good for social construction, either.

Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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