Taking a knee, and the decline of American Communication

Something I wrote on another email exchange

Communication enhancing technology seems to have the effect of reducing our natural ability to communicate with each other – I guess they’re substitutes, not compliments.
I do think Americans are largely losing the ability to have effective conversations with people even slightly different than them, as well as losing faith in their deeply held ideas.
Quoting my own emails is the height of pretension, but I do find two of these ideas interesting, namely
  • Communication technology is a substitute for communication ability
  • We are losing faith in out ideas – even though we cling to them more tightly.

It seems that we have no hope of convincing anyone else of our beliefs, either due a lack of faith in our abilities, or a lack of faith in the veracity of our beliefs.