A Legacy of Rudeness
by Jim Vann
September 24, 2012 03:30 PM | 4579 views | 2 2 comments | 516 516 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Imagine going into a car dealership and having the sales person tell you that the fact you were “shopping around” made you a complete idiot. What if you went to buy a dress and the clerk told you that she hated the color blue and therefore you could either take the red dress or get the *&^%^ out of her store.

Chances are that you would avoid these places in the future.

But, if being abused is repulsive to most sane people, why is talk radio so popular? Let’s think about that for a moment.

The carnival barker is called the host. But, instead of offering you a cup of coffee like a good host, he or she offers a heaping helping of what he or she thinks, and if you dare to disagree, you get a big bowl of abuse for dessert.

A hundred years from now, I believe these mouthpieces will be remembered, if at all, as the poster children for the demise of a once great country. Not only do they clutter up the airwaves with their pomposity, they have polluted the discourse of an entire generation.

Lately I have noticed the talk show mentality spilling over into the real world, Don’t dare stop to breathe or formulate a thought while chatting with a friend, lest you be overtaken by their uncontrollable desire to speak. Apparently, stopping to think is not allowed any more in conversation.

And now I will offer a phrase you would never hear on talk radio, “Of course, I could be wrong.”

 

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Ron J
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September 25, 2012
Rudeness has a place, but not in normal actions. It is however in all phases of this country including those that should stand above such actions. Police, politicians, government employees seem to believe they above reproach and the consequence shows. People usually meet people with the same attitude they encounter. Holding a door open for someone can bring two responses: a thank you, or an angry stare. The latter I don't get.

I once worked for a lady (questionable) that said we Atlantans are "too nice". I asked her what she meant by that and she said in Miami they say what they mean and that is that. In Atlanta people are too polite to tell the truth. She viewed being polite as a bad thing.

She went back to Miami, thank the stars.
Jim V
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September 27, 2012
I know what you mean, Ron. I had a friend move here from New York, and he finally figured out that the thing he couldn't get used to was the fact that we didn't blow our horns. Of course, that was years ago. We have gotten over that particular, "weakness."
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