Martin Thomas’ article on Facebook (“Facebook, CPA, and socialism”, Solidarity 302, 6 November 2013) makes some valid points about the ways in which people interact online, and the benefits of face-to-face interaction.
However, I don’t think it should be forgotten that for some people online interaction is the only or main kind they can have.
This may especially be the case for some people with disabilities. My health has been poor of late, and this has largely prevented me from attending meetings, but I value the online interaction I get via Facebook and email, even when I only read and don’t post.
The internet allows me to continue to access discussions and debates from which I might otherwise be completely excluded.