The “information superhighway” does contain information but it also contains many forums. The majority of the forums appear to be populated by people who cannot control themselves, use profanity, attack others and are generally rude and mean. This can and does lead others, especially the young and inexperienced, to imitate them. Strangely, some of these same people consider themselves to be intelligent. And sadly, this is being reinforced to some degree by people called “comedians” who no longer deal with making people laugh but in insulting people and using bad language.
If we, as a society, say we are civilized then we should be civil to others. A debate in public or private, is never improved by name calling or attacking the other party with baseless accusations. It’s unfortunate, but based on my own experience as a forum moderator, some people apparently 'go ‘off’ on certain people on internet forums because they believe that that one person represents all the members of the group they are upset about. Worse, some people go on forums in such an agitated state that they are looking for someone, anyone, who annoys them in the slightest so they can ‘kick the dog’ by going off on them.
For me, the internet has become a smaller and smaller place as I abandon forums that are filled with people whose only real method of ‘debate’ is to attack, belittle and name call anyone who disagrees with them. Or who go on endlessly about something without really knowing their subject or adding such ending statements as “I could be wrong” or “Actually, I got nuthin.”