A worrisome trend is underfoot, creeping like a viral fungus. Remember when the Internet was snarky, vicious, and brutal, a place for people to say things without fear of retribution, cloaked beneath the crude cloak of anonymity? Those people, those bad-hearted, calloused vermin of the Web, are being overtaken by another cohort: Nice people, and their ridiculously good-natured, happy-as-a-clam words and thoughts promoting good deeds and adorable furry creatures and general, placid joy in whatever the world has to offer, so long as its nice. Buzzfeed’s “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity” probably would have been laughed off the Internet in the bad old days of 2003. Now it’s been Facebook shared nearly half a million times.
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