"Everyone withdraws into their own small gated community, afraid of the larger forum. They stay inside their little ponds, leaking whatever “truth” suits them into the growing cesspool of society at large."
This is what I see over and over online and recent years into real life. People don't talk to one another, algorithms create spirals of echo chambers to reinforce worldviews. All one has to see is how dramatically people answer polling differently based on what group they belong to.
Maybe my echo chamber thread the other day was made for a reason! ;)