You’re not a dumb or bad person for having an opinion. You’re a dumb or bad person for not being able to articulate your opinion in a calm, persuasive, and fact-based manner. This, of course, is something we’ve struggled with as a species since the advent of the comment section. Grossly facile statements, Godwinism, and ad hominem harassment has become commonplace in virtual houses of debate.
Since the so-called Islamic State first began its rampage of terror throughout the Middle East and abroad, ordinary people around the world have offered up their time and skill sets to help destroy it. Some have volunteered to face the group in battle alongside Kurdish peshmerga forces in northern Iraq. Others have risked their lives to smuggle captives out of the ISIS stronghold of Mosul. And countless more have taken to social media to engage the group’s sympathizers in heated debate.
On Wednesday, Anonymous took responsibility for shutting down roughly 800 Twitter accounts, a dozen Facebook pages, and a host of email addresses, all of which were linked to ISIS supporters. The Internet-based hacker group has issued a straight up and down challenge to ISIS. And, the crazy part? They’re backing it up.