Dare we hope, Graces? There seem to be signs in the media that politeness and civility are destined to become hip.
Consider the new Politeness Program at Rutgers University. School officials tired of the campus-wide rudeness and decided to take action. The constant texting, phoning, and web surfing during class pushed professors to a breaking point. Students simply had no sense of when it was ok to whip out their devices, so Rutgers has set out to instruct them.
College campuses have always been on the front end of social change on matters ranging from the Viet Nam War to Facebook, so let's hope this is the start of a trend toward civility and decorum. I applaud Rutgers for this project. I might even write them a thank you note.
On a slightly more tongue-in-cheek side of things, consider Jon Stewart's latest....The Rally to Restore Sanity. As only Stewart can, he has skewered the current practice of political opponents to outshout and verbally eviscerate each other. While I won't be attending said rally, I think it's worth noting.
What do you think, Graces? Is etiquette rearing its lovely head?