Friday, May 20, 2011

"I Can't Believe You Said That!"

The Today show generally gets my thoughts and opinions perking but these musings were brought on by the headlines on my e-mail provider. I first clicked on a story about Glenn Beck being snarky about Meghan McCain and shortly followed with a call for sensitivity training, or his job depending on your point of view, concerning an ESPN reporter. It wasn't the stories so much as the ensuing comments that caught my attention.

Within the commenter's dialogue an obvious trend was emerging.  There appeared a clear call for social civility. Commenting authors, describing themselves all across the personality, political and social spectrum were holding forth on the need, everywhere, to tone down the vitriol.

The shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords appears to be the turning point for a call to the talking heads and politicos to cease and desist spouting vindictive, hateful, and distasteful discourse.
From the comments on these two articles the public may be ready not to be entertained by demeaning remarks.  We have been publicly entertained by bad words and behavior with examples stretching back to The Seven Dirty Words through the wardrobe malfunction to the current lack of social civility.
Unfortunately televised bad behavior, sells.  Good behavior is prevalent, largely in the untelevised population located between the east coast/west coast media giants.

No matter the reasons or origins, the turn from social civility should be reversed and the change begins with us.  The words from our mouths must be civil.  The words we type must be civil.  We don't support the sponsors who support those who spout vitriol.  If it doesn't pay then it doesn't play.  Are you buying?

James 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

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  1. It's about time that bad behavior gets criticized and disallowed. Pundits will go for whatever gets them the popular vote. Somewhere, the adults should take over and set limits.