In Reply to: Civility? posted by Jim Austin on May 14, 2004 at 06:19:28:
is a worthy goal, but I think one of the overwhelming obstacles to it is lack of training our generation recieved in writing and communicating in general.
To phrase things the way you have demonstrated requires a level of skill in thought, and the communication of that thought, that is sorely lacking in my, and the following, generation. If you look at the best writers here it seems that most of them are at the least college grads. Thats what it takes nowdays to reach the basic level of communications representative of a competent high-school graduate of my mother's generation; in fact I would go so far as to say that the 8th grader of her time would easily keep up on grammar and syntax with the best of the writers on the Asylum so far.
The present day reliance on tv as a baby-sitter has reduced the ability of the average human to even HOLD a complex thought let alone express it. And, before the flames begin, I don't exempt myself from that assessment.
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- The "civility" that you propose... - firstname.lastname@example.org 13:34:07 05/14/04 (0)