Monday, September 21, 2009


Apparently, ye olden times weren't always brimming with public politeness either, at least not according to the funny guys at xkcd (via Eric at The Edge of the American West):

Just a wee bit of historical context for the goody-goodies over at the Civility Project to consider, ya know. By the way, are y'all ready to take the civility pledge --
  • I will be civil in my public discourse and behavior.
  • I will be respectful of others whether or not I agree with them.
  • I will stand against incivility when I see it.
or can you just go on behaving pretty decently without doing something that will make an old dog get an icky burning sensation in the back of her throat? I thought so. Thanks so much for your cooperation. Y'all are the sweetest bunch of little Do-Bees on dog's earth.

Peace out, and have a pleasant Monday.


  1. What makes me laugh unpleasantly are the folks who have learned to make "civility" a new form of authoritarianism, and use it to blandly knife others in the back.

    It's about power. It's about real tolerance and respect for those in disagreement. It's about good faith mostly.

    Civility without good faith is quite as bad as anything....

  2. You put it perfectly, Katie, especially on "civility without good faith." Right on.


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