Vengeance is a common theme in fantasy fiction, and it is striking to me how well certain FF authors tell the truth about what a messy business it is. Are there parallels one could draw to life in America today? I think so. We live in a time when (in my view, anyways) the demands for retribution far outnumber the calls for mercy.
Social media taps into our common need to feel connected. But it also adds something unique: a metrics-driven design that can easily turn us inward rather than outward.