An HIV inoculant would be a good start. Because between the new Victorian-era attitudes and nonverbal communication, gay life has turned down a potholed, cobblestone road.
I love the internet, from fingertip research to connecting with others to learning what other individuals think at a personal level to the entertainment. What I don't like about it is the impersonalization of it and how it is stealing away communication skills.
While there are some younger guys who communicate very well on the internet and while there are some elder guys who do not, it seems to me a pretty clear trend that there are more younger missing communication skills than their elders. I'm probably somewhat biased but I would not be suprised to see a study prove that correct.
No doubt this is biased, though at least random as I never noticed these catagories before clicking; so possibly telling might be the 56 posters on my ignore list. Reasons for clicking them range from those who make obvious they don't like me, to the passive aggressives to the egomaniacs, ageists, etc, but mostly they simply are people who treat people like crap, generally, not necessarily me, but just as I see them post towards others.
Here's the breakdown. Ages 20-29 @ 26 or 46.4%; Ages 30-39 @ 9 or 16%; Ages 40-49 @ 12 or 21.4 %; Ages 50up @ 9 or 16%. So the majority, by a longshot, of those who I find lacking in communication skills or manners are those who were raised solidly in the internet age. On reflection, I believe they also tend to be the most judgemental. And basically, I think they just need to get laid.
If free love ended the Vietnam War, probably it could curtail some online hostilities too.
The internet needn't be killed off, merely tamed.