Public rudeness or incivility is everywhere you look. It is the note someone leaves on your car for parking too close to the lines; it is the snapping at the cashier in the grocery store when she won’t take your coupon, and it is in the media. Look at Howard Stern, Jerry Springer and the like. In this country at present, it is becoming acceptable to be as rude as you want. This is the thing that makes me mad.
Social progress in our country has slowed down by quite a bit. I have been alive for 18 years, and I can even remember a time when showing a woman in her bathing suit on TV was risqué. In the recent years, I have seen much more of the female body on TV than I have ever wanted to. TV and censorship is not really helping either. I have seen too many TV shows where the little “bleep” is heard more than the person’s voice. You can’t even understand the entire sentence because much of it has been “bleeped” out. If you have ever seen the Howard Stern show, you would know how much he degrades women, and when you do that on TV it somehow makes it okay. He’s been heard to say “I’d do you”, and that is probably one of the tamest things heard on that show. Even watching reality show rated TV14
There is still hope for Americans and every country suffering from this rudeness epidemic. Don"tmt give them the finger or tailgate or anything immature like that, because I can tell you from that person"tms point of view, you are the one who looks stupid. Think about the guy who cut you off while you were driving, and sped past you going well above the speed limit and giving you the finger like you were the one to do something wrong. I kept the note, because I thought it was kind of funny and ironic. I have also been grabbed at a few times and while at first it hurts and I didn"tmt know how to react, pretty soon I became accustomed to everything, so nothing really shocks me anymore at work, I just ignore it and know not to take it to heart. I am not the only one subject to the incivility at the workplace. "According to surveys taken in the US, fully eight out of 10 Americans consider incivility to be a serious problem, while 61 think it has worsened in the recent years" ("Rude" 2). When you are impatiently standing in line at the grocery store, don"tmt curse the poor cashier in your head and then treat her like crap have a little compassion for someone who would like to get through their work day as much as you want to get through that line. We are accustomed to seeing what we don"tmt want to see. I have also worked in a hotel for the past summer. They were being a little rowdy, making sexual comments to me, and trying to get my phone number. Next time you are stuck behind a slow moving vehicle, pass them the way you were taught to in Driver"tms Ed. You can do two things: you can be civil and ignore the jerk, or you can try to catch up to him to tailgate, making you just as bad as him. These acts are pointless and only serve to hurt others. I believe reality TV shows completely uncivil people at their worst.