Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 14:03:18 -0500 From: Greg Pulliam Subject: Re: the world is going to the currs I think what a lot of folks see as a politeness decline has more to do with a change in so-called "developed" societies. With the information age so much upon us (cable/satellite tv, internet, etc.), we are more and more able to be 'alone' in our homes and yet not feel out of touch. On our overcrowded highways and streets, we are 'alone' in our cars. It is not really surprising that conventions which developed over many years to help us negotiate interpersonally with each other might atrophy somewhat in our current situtation. I'm with Ron,though, in refusing to see change as decline. Things are changing, and we can grow older and more resentful and crotchety because of it, or we can be more like those "cool" "older" folks all of us knew when we were very young--the ones who didn't automatically reject our speech, ways, and interests just because ours were different from theirs--and (no apologies to Nissan) enjoy the ride. Gregory J. Pulliam Illinois Institute of Technology Lewis Department of Humanities Chicago, IL 60616 gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]