I think it's too broad a condemnation to endorse. I think it's definitely true that the prominence and extent of uncivil behavior has been increasing. And when I say prominence, I mean that we've always had individuals who are given to extreme and uncivil discourse and behavior. What is disturbing, I think, is the prominence of the people engaging in this behavior, and because they are prominent, they tend to evoke great emotion, and to a certain extent, great support. I'm always concerned about what exists in the public sphere that encourages young people whose minds and ideals are still developing to engage in antisocial behavior. So my concern is that we tone down the rhetoric, that we cease the incessant vilification of others based on their beliefs. I think it does have very, very damaging effects on young people.
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