"How might we increase the value given to diversity and dissent within participatory cultures? Is there a danger that such communities tend to be consensus-based and thus are more apt to exclude people who persistently disagree with shared goals and values?
We do not value diversity and dissent as much as we can and should in participatory cultures. Many people do not see online spaces as open and inviting. In fact, “incivility” and “nastiness” are the concerns most often voiced in opposition to participatory engagement. Honestly, it’s hard to convince people otherwise when the “comments” sections of spaces such as YouTube and CNN are filled with illogical, unsupportive, and hateful commentary."