Every Sunday, I do my own little week in review, looking at local, national, and international events that somehow made an impression on me one way or another, good or bad, inspiring or deflating, settling or unsettling. In thinking about events of the last few days, I have to wonder: what is going on?
This blog isn't about politics, or sports, or mtv -- it's about communications, and therefore it's about everything. Maybe it's the economy, or pressure to get ahead, or frustration with the world in general, that seems to be causing a communications breakdown, but suddenly, it seems like all bets are off. The national dialogue is no longer a dialogue, but rather a showdown. An insult. An interruption. A crossing of lines. Everyone - it seems - is angry, and it doesn't always have to do with money.
*Serena Williams makes an unfortunate comment - or rather what's being called a "foulmouthed tirade" at the line judge at the end of the US Open, and gets fined $10,000, with more serious consequences potentially to follow.
*Kanye West grabs the mic from Taylor Swift at the MTV Music Awards and talks about how great Beyonce's video was.
*South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson heckles president Obama during his health care speech, calling out: "You lie."
Apologies are issued, and life goes on, but not without leaving a bad taste in our mouths and a trail of ill will, to say the least. It's ironic that with all the effort we expend in polishing our online profiles, with tweeting and facebooking and blogging and everything else, the truth is that it's in face to face interaction that we show our true colors, and lately, they're not pretty.With all the focus on social media, have we forgotten how to behave in person? If we're going to be angry, let's be angry about the right things. Last week marked the anniversary of September 11. Can't we show a little respect and act like grownups?