Political Discourse on Facebook: A Four-Act Play

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ACT I
Conservative: /posts right-wing meme with spurious claim
Liberal: Here’s everything that’s wrong with that /lists a bunch of facts
Conservative: I don’t care about facts, faggot
 
ACT II
Liberal: /posts center-left meme with pleasant rhetoric
Conservative: You just hate white people, faggot
Liberal: Am not!
Conservative: Are too, faggot!
Liberal: Am not!
Conservative: Are too, faggot!
etc.
 
ACT III
Leftist: /shares a thoughtful article critiquing conservative policy and rhetoric
Liberal: /likes post
Conservative: You just hate white people, faggot
*One Week Later*
Leftist: /shares a thoughtful article critiquing liberal policy and rhetoric
Crickets: chirp chirp
*One Week Later*
Liberal: E-mails, again?
 
ACT IV
/election
Conservative: /posts right-wing meme with spurious rhetoric
Liberal: Here’s everything wrong with that /lists a bunch of facts
Conservative: I don’t care about facts, faggot
*One Week Later*
Liberal: /posts center-left meme with spurious rhetoric
Conservative: Where are the facts, faggot?
*One Week Later*
Leftist: /posts glib dismissal of Facebook politics
Liberal and Conservative (in unison): Faggot!
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