Day and night, thousands of voices, each carrying on its own tumultuous monologue, pour out on the peoples of the world a torrent of mystifying words, attacks, defenses, and over-excitement. But what is the mechanism of polemics? It consists in considering the opponent as an enemy, consequently in simplifying him and refusing to see him. We have no idea of what the man we are insulting looks like, or whether he ever smiles, or how. Having become three-quarters blind by the grace of polemics, we no longer live among men but in a world of silhouettes.
— Albert Camus, “The Artist as Witness of Freedom:The Independent Mind in an Age of Ideologies“
Either Camus was prescient enough in 1949 to foresee social media, or the phenomenon he’s describing t’was ever thus.