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George Will blames the internet for controversy over column

Appearing on C-SPAN's Q & A Thursday, George Will once again defended his controversial column about sexual assault on college campuses, this time by theorizing on why the controversy was so intense:

Here's an interesting excerpt — which comes after host Brian Lamb asked the conservative columnist if he was surprised by the negative feedback and calls for his ouster:

"Today, for some reason — and I've got some theories about it — indignation is the default position of certain people in civic discourse. They go from a standing start to fury in about 30 seconds. I think it has something to do with the internet... it erased the barriers of entry to public discourse — that's a good thing. Unfortunately, the downside of this — there's a downside to everything — is that, among the barriers of entry that have been reduced, is you don't have to be able to read, write, or think. You can just come in and shout and call names and carry on."

I don't know about you, but frankly, I'm outraged.