Sometimes the subject of my little book talk just seems to fall out of the sky, or perhaps I should say, slide down the emergency chute. Steven Slater’s actions last week brought to light the growing annoyance of rude behaviour. A new Ipsos Reid poll has just been released regarding cell phone use, and it’s obvious that more and more attention is being paid to “techno-haviour”.
In her new book I see rude people, Amy Alkon, an award winning, syndicated advice columnist tells of her “battle to beat some manners into impolite society”. In the book she states that she is trying to put the “civil” back into civilization.
Alkon delves into all types of rude behavior and confronts the perpetrators: lax parents, internet bullies, telemarketing executives, parking space hogs, and loud jerks, among others. It is her assertion that rude behavior has increased because there are no longer any consequences for it.
Her practical suggestions for battling rude behavior are entertaining to say the least, and practical – if one has nerve.