Kimbrough: 'We've stopped talking to each other'
President Walter Kimbrough, speaking at Clemson's Martin Luther King Commemoration
Social media has become a divisive force, promoting isolation and animosity among
Americans, said Dillard University President Walter M. Kimbrough, speaking at Clemson
University's Commemorative Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
"The social media sphere creates communities in one regard but it lessens our ability
to engage each other face to face in the real world," Kimbrough said, speaking at
Clemson's Brook Center on Tuesday. "We are desensitized to feelings and we easily
damage relationships, and we can be just downright mean and nasty."
Kimbrough said King, writing in 1967, foresaw how technology would make the world
smaller, increasing tension.
Kimbrough quoted King's book, "Where Do We Go From Here?": "All inhabitants of the
globe are now neighbors. This worldwide neighborhood has been brought into being largely
as a result of modern scientific and technology revolutions."
The recent "very contentious election season" exhibited social media's negative influence
on public discourse, Kimbrough said.