Is Civility Dead?
by Natalie Pompilio
I live in a city known for its brotherly love, but I didn’t see a lot of that one recent day while reading an on-line edition of the newspaper where I work. The public comment section contained some of the coldest, most vicious writing I’d ever seen.
Under an article about a woman’s murder and her boyfriend’s arrest, some one wrote, “So 2 pieces of trash are off the street now. Great.”
In reference to a story about a 10-year-old killed when his skateboard rolled into traffic, an anonymous poster speculated that the boy’s parents were on welfare, as if that made it their fault their child was dead.
I know firsthand how hostile the reading public can be, having been threatened with death a few years ago after I wrote an article rooting against my home city’s beloved football team. But this example stopped me short: Is civility dead? Can’t we all just get along?
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