Let's be nice...
November 19, 2003 1:42 PM   Subscribe

Tsk, tsk, America. It seems that we may be collectively having a problem with being nice.
posted by moonbird (16 comments total)
 
Yeah? Well your mother didn't have any problem being nice!
posted by soyjoy at 1:51 PM on November 19, 2003


I don't have a fucking "problem" with shit, gotit?
posted by jalexei at 1:56 PM on November 19, 2003


What the fuck are you talking about, shitwit?
posted by ed at 2:01 PM on November 19, 2003


It's over, and if you have any doubts, look up "vulgar behavior" and you're liable to find a picture of:

The entrance sign to camp li-lo-li, actually.

Don't these journalists ever check these things out?
posted by swell at 2:03 PM on November 19, 2003


Jack Thomas is one of those crotchety old "It's my ball now!" guys. Apparently he labors under the delusion that people used to be nicer.

Yep, when folks brought a bag lunch to the lynching, they'd always share. Now it's just Big Macs and Slurpees.
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:17 PM on November 19, 2003


Tsk, tsk, America Humanity. It seems that we humanity may be collectively having has always had a problem with being nice.
posted by dhoyt at 2:23 PM on November 19, 2003


Metafilter: Tsk, tsk, Humanity
posted by dhoyt at 2:24 PM on November 19, 2003


People have been bemoaning the decline of civilization since the advent of civilization.

That said, I just had a confrontation with a middle-aged gentleman who resented my using a crosswalk when he wanted to drive his BMW roadster through it. (yes, no signal so I had the right-of-way.)

I got applause from bystanders for telling him "Then get out of your car! I'll show you a midlife crisis!"
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:36 PM on November 19, 2003


Welcome to the UK
posted by none at 2:36 PM on November 19, 2003


Delicate flowers of spring! Who will buy my delicate flowers of spring?

...How 'bout you, [EXPLETIVE]?
posted by Smart Dalek at 2:40 PM on November 19, 2003


moonbird, I think you just posted the MetaFilter equivalent of a "Kick Me" sign on your back.

Do we MeFites have trouble being nice? Hard to tell. We've never tried.
posted by wendell at 2:44 PM on November 19, 2003


Yeah, well we Americans talked about it 101 years ago. No sense in attributing it to any one generation. I mean really, is it coincidence that degeneration is a word?
posted by pedantic at 3:05 PM on November 19, 2003


I remember the jingle:
Come Alive!
You're in the Pepsi Blue Degeneration!

posted by wendell at 3:23 PM on November 19, 2003


instead of sidestepping in a gentlemanly fashion.

Oh so now its rude to defend yourself when a crazed senior attacks you. Great
posted by soren at 3:51 PM on November 19, 2003


Metafilter: bemoaning the decline of civilization since the advent of civilization.
posted by RylandDotNet at 6:13 PM on November 19, 2003


That etiquette hell site is one of my favourites. Every time there's a new update everything stops until I've read the whole thing. It's fascinating in a train wreck kind of way.

Also I love Miss Manners, who brings such wit and erudition to bear on the finer points of good manners.
posted by orange swan at 6:30 PM on November 19, 2003


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