But when you do have 2.71 million followers, I think you have a bit more responsibility to try and foster discussion and build bridges rather than creating divisions and heightening tensions. Wheaton should take a lesson from Andrew W.K.—the philosopher America needs right now and the one it deserves—who has used his megaphone in recent months to try and persuade people to stop reflexively hating each other.
As I noted on Twitter the other day, his Village Voice column, in which he has implored people to just be decent to each other, is a real breath of fresh air. Consider, for instance, W.K.’s recent advice to a guy who said he was literally filled with rage when his grandmother innocuously asked him to pray for a sick relative:
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