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Radical Civility Progress Report

Well, it's the end of Week One of my Radical Civility campaign. What can we say? Has the world changed? Have rude people suddenly been transformed from Goofus into Gallant? Probably not. But it's early days yet. Rome wasn't built...

By John Kelly  |  June 26, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Random Acts of Rudeness

Today's Random Act of Rudeness comes from James J. McGilvray of Oakton, who was recently at Arlington National Cemetery. James writes: I was there to attend the interment of an acquaintance, a retired military officer. While standing with approximately 30...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 25, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Pleasantville: Do We Need to Go Back to the '50s?

There were a lot of things wrong with America in the 1950s: racism, McCarthyism, polio, unfortunate headwear. But most people agree that Americans were nicer back then, more polite to one another. Why? Derek Havens thinks it might have been...

By John Kelly  |  June 25, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Movie Palace Guard: Anti-Texting Done Right

I have the answer for those of us who want to see movies without being distracted by texters: Move to the midwest. Extreme? Possibly. But while the theater you frequent (or used to frequent) may just shrug its collective shoulders...

By John Kelly  |  June 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Text Best Thing: More People Join the Crusade

Our Radical Civility crusade is gaining speed. Even so, some people don't see what the fuss is all about. Witness some of the comments after my column yesterday. I need to keep in touch with the office, one person...

By John Kelly  |  June 23, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Waiting for the Phone to Ring

I was out near Benning Road SE. I’d just interviewed a boy who’s going to camp this summer. I was driving back down his side street when an SUV came racing down the narrow road at close to 50 mph....

By John Kelly  |  June 22, 2009; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Radical Civility: Some Additional Reading

In my column today I mentioned a study done by Dutch social scientists, led by Kees Keizer, that showed people were more likely to transgress in environments suffering from "broken windows." The paper is a bit dense, but it makes...

By John Kelly  |  June 22, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Radical Civility: Let the Sharing Begin

In my column today I announce the start of the Radical Civility movement. This is in response to the growing perception that people are getting ruder and things are going to hell. We can let that happen, or we can...

By John Kelly  |  June 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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