Serious Discourse on the Internet

How does serious discourse work on Social Media? In short, it doesn't. It's an epic abyss of question begging, extremist ideology, ad hominems, and fallacy on fallacy on fallacy. In 140 character bursts, can there be any meaningful depth to a statement? Is everyone, at this level, just trolling?

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  1. Obviously the words of a Bolshevik.
  2. Adam Smith and Milton Friedman are the only philosophers allowed to philosophize because they are not philosophers and thus there are no readings of their philosophies which can result in harm.
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