I wrote in my last post about some potentially negative effects of social media. The essay that we read highlighted an effect that I didn’t mention – the way the so-called anonymity of the Internet seems to bring out the absolute worst in some people. Social media has given us some new basic truths to live by. “Don’t read the comments.” “Don’t feed the trolls.” The truly awful things that some people will say on the Internet can, of course, be incredibly hurtful for their targets, but the cumulative effect of these comments on average people trying to cling to a shred of faith in humanity may ultimately be worse. If we stop believing that we, as a species, are worth saving, then what?