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Thorson weighs in on study of uncivil online discourse in The Atlantic

April 8, 2019

The Atlantic

Emily Thorson

Emily Thorson

Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed for The Atlantic article "The New Science of How to Argue—Constructively." "I actually do need to be convinced about this," Thorson says, "or at least about the larger implication that ‘uncivil online discourse’ is a problem so critical that we need to invent a new discipline to solve it. I’d argue that much of the dysfunction we see in online interactions is just a symptom of much larger and older social problems, including but not limited to racism and misogyny. Our time would be better spent addressing those issues." 04/08/19

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