If I may offer a different perspective. What I found personally frustrating about this thread is the narrow focus on Phil’s status of as a doctor which was a comment from Xeni, the content of what "?"Phil said in both video’s was by and large ignored.
In defense of @Michael_R_Smith I believe this was a response triggered by the content of my comment. This was not out of place with many of the emotive exchanges in this thread.
I agree with @Mindysan33 about staying on topic but personally I feel that the topic wasn’t Dr Phil in general but the specific context of his 1st video then follow up apology video and if you like the meta topic of media interpretation.
Personally I feel the thread was predominantly directed/ hijacked by a desire to discredit Phil than to actually discuss the content and repercussions of his speech and actions.
I totally agree but that wasn’t the point of his mea culpa. His follow up video shifted to an emphasis on mental illness, which I also don’t trust his credentials, but he did raise some points that I think are more worthy of discussion.
My point is that his credentials should be the side topic and leave space to talk about something more productive. The comment section was, by and large, not about the videos presented.
At the end of the day what constructive use is this sort of echo chamber.
That can happen with or without isolation. Instead of pointing to this as a reason why we should consider stopping isolation, we should be looking for ways to stop the abuse and help the abused under any circumstances.