How did we get here?

With my ongoing fixation on this Dialogos initiative, I continue to see stories that underscore our pressing need for more meaningful conversation. An article in the New York Times (paywall) today, by Emma Camp, a senior at University of Virginia, is entitled, “I Came to College Eager to Debate. I Found Self-Censorship Instead.” It feels like an indictment on our times.

In my next article, I want to look at how we got to this place. What are your thoughts as to the causes/reasons/excuses for our inability to pursue more meaningful debate and conversation? I’d love to have any and all your ideas!