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OP-ED | Social Media Has Displaced Meaningful Discourse

Americans have never been particularly adept at discussing public policy, but whatever skill they possessed has been wiped clean by social media. The disintegration of public discourse has been happening for a while. Long gone, for instance, are the days of open-air debates where political candidates would exchange ideas for hours. The U.S. senatorial debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858 immediately come to mind.