The public internet is dying
It's not just that google is filled with spam, twitter is filled with fake activism, facebook is filled with self promoting selfrighteousness. It's that reddit is also chock full of outrage. Conversation is over, nobody 's listening, everyone wants to type.
So, where do we go from here? The success of group chats and group discussions shows the way. As others have discussed, the success of WhatsApp groups is a testament to that, ditto for the success of facebook groups. A smaller , curated audience can be representative of the population at large without being a mob.
Civil discussion is on its way back. Except, it will not be public.