Freedom of speech no longer means what most people would think it to mean. It doesn’t exist. If your opinion is not equal to the one the collective hive mind of Twitter believes is the correct one, you’ll face trial by social media. Homogeneity of thought doesn’t help the marketplace of ideas at all. Screaming louder than the other person doesn’t help highlight where their logic is incorrect!
The best argument against democracy can be found in the idea of trial by social media. Stuff comments, Twitter brainfarts, I can’t believe these people have an equal vote. I’m reminded of the Arthur Miller play “The Crucible” when I read about some of the antics of modern day Danforth-like Twitterati (at least as portrayed in the play) . How did so many people become so horrible and mean, when they don’t need to be to make a point? They could try education instead of character assassination?