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America has lost its civility



Published: Wed, October 2, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

McCook (Neb.) Daily Gazette: “Be nice.”

What mother hasn’t said that, at one time or another, when her frustration with an unruly child was just beginning to peak.

It’s a lesson that needs to be reinforced, according to the latest Civility in America national survey.

“For the first time since the survey began in 2010, the Internet/social media has risen into the top ranks of perceived causes of incivility,” according to the survey.

The Internet certainly is an effective pipeline for bad behavior, with users able to vent with relative anonymity and wildly disparate levels of accuracy and honesty.

According to the survey, more than a third of all Americans have personally experienced incivility at work, 26 percent of them to the point that they quit their job.

Another 33 percent believe the tone of their workplace is uncivil, 81 percent believe incivility is leading to more violence, and 95 percent believe we have a civility problem in this country.

And it’s not just the Internet, of course. Just tune into talk radio or cable news talk shows with a critical ear.


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