Friday, December 17, 2010

Talking Nice

Jay Mathews is an educational writer for the Washington Post. In this article, Mathews writes about the tendency of those with opposing views to be less than civil in their criticism of each other. It is interesting and echoes some of the reading I have done lately for a paper I was writing. Mathews cites examples where different persons spoke of their opposition's viewpoint incorrectly. As I listen to and read the pundits, on television, radio, and in newspapers, the blogosphere, and magazines, there is a sense of a divergence from moderate and civil conversation. I would like to see, as Mathews says, a willingness "to give credit to ideological adversaries for the good sense and good works on all sides of the debate."