Russia’s invasion of Ukraine feels like an altogether new phase of social media in warfare. Maybe it’s the verbs which adorn those buttons: Like. Share. Donate. Block. They invite us in, and whisper: “Decide.”
If you wanted to design a real-life test to figure out if a civic leader’s actual virtue exceeds their desire to signal it, you could hardly do better than the life-and-death experiment playing out on I-5 right now.