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“The internet creates communities”

[F]olks who genuinely believe that, say, manure is good fertilizer for a garden or that some brands of 3D printers clog less than others have little need to defend themselves. But the people who believe bullshit? They need other people who believe bullshit to help hold them together. […] Because as long as they have someone to back them up, they’re not a crank – they’re a part of a grand rebellion […] And what’s more life-affirming than that?

Either you […] give acceptability to those answers – or you tell them they are factually wrong, at which point they’ll be so stung by the rejection that they’re vulnerable to being picked up by communities that embrace these wrongheaded opinions.

The Ferret – When Having Friends Is More Alluring Than Being Right

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