Alert blog readers may recall our post of a New York Times article on this subject some time back. our local paper has now chimed in with an article entitled “What happened to our manners? In hurry-up world, civility on decline.”
It includes the following:
No longer can we rely on a firm handshake or neighborly familiarity, according to etiquette blogger, author and social guru K. Cooper Ray, a Charleston resident.
“I blame the transportation revolution,” Ray said. “Once upon a time, we were citizens of a small community, we answered to neighbors and family.” There was a certain individual accountability. “Now niceties can be forgone with impunity. There’s a good chance you’ll never see that person again.”
It’s the “fast-food effect,” he said, the speeded-up pace of life that discourages the formalities of civil exchange.
. Read the whole thing and compare it to the earlier Times article and also Terry Mattingly’s thoughts thereon.