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Behind the mask of avatars

We bring our biases to the internet. We perceive online conversations as a zero-sum game, tone-deaf to context. We presume people are what they tweet.

Meanwhile, we falsely believe that an avatar somehow masks us against the realities of our words. We’d never have the gall to tell a person face to face the things we say online.

Ridicule goads the imagination of the receiver; a war of words sparked over the rectangular glow of thumb-smudged screens. Scaremongering tactics pervade a faceless mask society.

Words can be needles

It’s important to remember that there’s a human being on the other end of the stage. Keep that mind as you shout out into the void.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.