So, I was around online in its inception. I've used multiple message boards, AIM chatrooms, all sorts. I remember back in the day, online, when you could routinely have a thoughtful, indepth discussion with people online. What changed? I guess it was exacerbated by a discussion I tried to have a moment ago. We were talking about stories in-games on a discord, and I was faced with this
"Oh is the story in your JRPGS to **** a schoolgirl", to which the entire discord agreed, with an ensuing discussion about "Weeb games" and how they're all the same.
And this isn't the only place I see this sort of discourse. What changed about the internet that made everyone turn into armchair experts, where their opinion is objectively right, and there's no changing their minds?