Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” is certainly no stranger to vigorous skewering of many individuals and groups he disagrees with.

So it may come as a surprise that Maher posed this question on Friday’s episode: “Do you think that the social media made us bigger assholes, or we were bigger assholes and it just exposed us as being that?”

Image source: HBO via YouTube

Image source: HBO via YouTube

Maher was conversing with Chris Hardwick, host of “@midnight” on Comedy Central, and noted that he believes the Internet has exacerbated political correctness by fostering those who “lay in wait” online to attack those they disagree with and then “pat themselves on the back” for doing so.

Hardwick offered a reasoned response, noting that the Internet is often a bad place for gauging emotion.

Image source: HBO via YouTube

Image source: HBO via YouTube

He also said that seeking to understand those we disagree online is a best first course before getting into cyber battles.

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: A few f-bombs ahead…):

(H/T: The Huffington Post)

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