This week, I’m turning over my blog to a guest. A few weeks ago, after a comment I made on-the-air regarding civility, I got an e-mail from Joe Hanlon, whose message I could not improve upon. So, with his permission, I’ve decided to share his words with you. Welcome, Joe, our first guest blogger:
Hi, Dr. Laura!
Long-time listener, first time emailer. Well, I try to listen as much as I can, but as a math teacher, I’m usually a tad busy when you are on the air. I catch the last ten minutes of your show on XM a lot.
I caught those last ten minutes today, and heard your comments on civility. As usual, my reaction to your commentary was “Right on!” The Internet IS ruining civility by allowing people to say the rudest things under the cover of anonymity and just because they can. Programs like “The View” foster incivility because rudeness garners ratings and makes money. The problem is that incivility is oozing out from television and the Internet into everyday discourse, often resulting in harsher, and sometimes physical, incivility. Continue reading