11/29/2016· Social Media
Everyone is weary of the endless online noise coming from political commentators, cyberbullies and miscellaneous ranters, especially during this election cycle. Yet there is a sense of general apathy about taking preventive action. Some are afraid that responding to hateful rhetoric will only add fuel to the fire, others fear they will face decontextualized judgment or worse yet-be de-friended online-and others may have justifiable concern for their safety. Perhaps they're right. All this information overload can blur the contours of truth, resulting in a paralyzing "participant fatigue" that leaves people feeling hopeless and demoralized.