People learned to survive disease, we can handle Twitter

Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Society seems to be growing steadily crazier. And maybe it doesn’t just seem to be. Maybe it actually, is growing crazier. I’ve been reading James C. Scott’s Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, and one of the interesting aspects to the earliest civilizations is how fragile they were. A bunch of people and their animals would crowd together in a city, and diseases that weren’t much of a threat when everybody was spread out hunting and gathering would suddenly spread like wildfire and depopulate the town almost overnight. As Scott writes, an early city was more like a refugee resettlement camp than a modern urban area. He observes that ‘the pioneers who created this historically novel ecology could not possibly have known the disease vectors they were inadvertently unleashing.'” (11/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/20/social-media-threat-people-survived-disease-we-can-handle-twitter-glenn-reynolds-column/879185001