I'm sorry for being young and wanting to express myself on the matter despite not having experienced the past you long for. However I can't help but be doubtful about at least a few of the things said here. Are people really meaner to each other in real life today? And I mean not on the internet. I won't deny that politically we've seen something somewhat unique with trump, but haven't politics always been a very hot and controversial topic? Looking back at the early, uncontaminated and uncontaminating internet I've seen plenty of politically charged content (especially regarding 9/11). Maybe the situation wasn't as polarized, but it certainly seems it was bad in its own ways
Your other points, regarding how the internet has changed and how social media has affected our interactions irl make more sense to me, and I think we'll only really understand the latter with time>>2752
Is that a thinly veiled jab at op?