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The CPS is right to examine online abuse—but we must address the political culture behind it, too

Internet debates are providing a way for more people to engage with politics. But bringing debates online has created a new forum for ugliness, too

By Julia Blunck  

In her book The Hour of the Star, Brazillian writer Clarice Lispector said that all of us ask ourselves “Am I monster, or is this what means to be human?” Writing in 1977, she was decades away from widespread use of the internet; the question, however, seems to be increasingly applicable to it. We live in furious times. This is fairly obvious with even a most passing glance to recent events: Trump’s election, Brexit, and the shattering of traditional social democratic parties across Europe, replaced by more radical ones. All of these…

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