The war on Covington High: How the internet turns coffee klatches into mobs

Neurosurgeon and commentator Michael Egnor offers some thoughts on how the Covington high school kids became America’s Most Hated:

The internet provides two dynamics that inflame hatred and even violence: obscurity and contagion. By obscurity, I mean that the traditional “one-on-one” nature of personal attacks is circumvented by the anonymity of the internet. On the internet. you can personally attack someone without ever seeing them, knowing them, or being anywhere near them. You can attack people in a way that leads to violence against them without your own identity ever coming to light. The anonymity of the internet and the distance it creates between an attacker and his victim both lend an obscurity to the attack that is much more dangerous to the victim and much more desirable for the attacker. It is even possible to harm others unintentionally through the spread of errors and misunderstandings which are so common to internet communication.

This dynamic of obscurity was noted by military strategists involved in the development of artillery, which is the most lethal weapon on the modern battlefield. Part of the lethality of artillery — in addition to its inherent power to maim and kill — is its ability to maim and kill at a distance…

The chaos and violence rising in our own country and around the world get much of their fuel from the obscurity and contagion of the internet, which is kerosene sprayed on the sparks tossed up by civilization. If we are to survive this conflagration, we must understand how these fires grow. More.

It’s a paradise for the Raging Woke and anyone else whose souls are their hashtags.

See also: Pollster: What the reaction to the Covington kids really says about the US The conservatives knew that the media would misrepresent the story in order to tell the liberals what they wanted to hear and needed to believe. So did the liberals. It’s called The Narrative. Facts that do not support the narrative are WrongThink.