The novel virus epidemic is forcing workers to consider remote work and rethink they way they work. Remote work is is also making the knowledge economy immune to the effect of the virus. Expect big changes after the epidemic. The status quo of office work in overpriced cities is going to receive a major overhaul.
This benefits most the tech communities outside SV, which has turned to a bubble of its own making
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.