One of the reasons for this decline is the disparity between the arguments presented and the reality of the situation. Discussions on topics such as racism and sexism are ineffective and inapplicable as they are based on logic that is far removed from our respective daily realities.
To better understand this, we must observe the works of French sociologist and philosopher, Jean Baudrillard. He famously describes our contemporary world as the ‘Dessert of the Real’ in which reality is replaced by simulations of that reality. These simulations are inaccurate as they represent a distorted view of the world and in some cases, they may even be meaningless as they are based on state of affairs that never existed, which renders them inapplicable as points of discussion of real world events.
It’s like someone describing a person they never met, or like parliament trying to curb fake news that never existed. It’s like that one triggered person on Facebook ranting about sexism without understanding what true sexism is within the construct of culture and society or actually encountering real life cases of sexism, merely basing their arguments on articles that selectively extrapolate evidence from research papers, which the writers themselves have not read, do not understand, and only have a tangential relation to the topic of discussion, while simultaneously manipulating these researches for the purpose of baiting sentimental responses to further their pitiful political agenda. In these examples, the original reality of the situation is ignored in favour of a reality that is either inaccurate or non-existent. Over a period of time, these simulated realities replace the actual realities of real world situations and the original meaning is destroyed.
When reading these arguments based on nothing, it’s inevitable to feel a huge sense of dissonance and unrelatability. Collectively, they form a landscape of modern discourse that is unproductive and unhelpful. Therefore, it is important to grasp a true understanding of current topics so that discussion can be fair, reasonable and productive.