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  1. Jun 2023
    1. @electricarchaeo@scholar.social My mother, on hearing that my first book had been declined by the press that had been considering it because the marketing guys weren't sure how to sell it: “You mean they were planning on making money off of your book?”

      reply to

      my daughter, when very young, once said to me ‘when are you going to write something that people want to read?’ and i am continually haunted —Shawn Graham @electricarchaeo@scholar.social https://scholar.social/@electricarchaeo/110503595819290672

      and to Kathleen Fitzpatrick at https://hcommons.social/@kfitz/110503673214772574

      @kfitz @electricarchaeo@scholar.social My friend P.M. Forni was always saddened when he spoke about his life's scholarly work only being read by "at most 4 people". But he felt kindness, civility, and generosity were the telos of life. He didn't want his students to be Renaissance experts and then be rude to an old woman in the street, so he wrote "Choosing Civility". He was thrilled when an Oprah appearance we got him garnered it instantaneous audience and overnight best seller status. He still sweated it out for his four readers. I'm certain his advice to you would to not be haunted, but keep sweating it out with kindness. You're influencing more people than you'll ever know. Thank you both for your arete and generosity.

  2. Dec 2022
    1. How bad are these scores? Very bad. If you know half the letters in the alphabet, we don’t call you “half literate.” We correctly call you illiterate.

      Seems to be a lack of civility here and/or an appeal to emotion. In this section the author targets the audience and tries to make his point by invalidating intellectual ability.

    2. The general pattern is that grown-ups have shockingly little academic knowledge. College graduates know about what you’d expect high school graduates to know; high school graduates know about what you’d expect dropouts to know; dropouts know next to nothing. This doesn’t mean that these students never knew more; it just means that only a tiny fraction of what they learn durably stays in their heads.

      There seems to be a lack of civility throughout the argument, using many negatively charged words to imply that the public retains no knowledge.

  3. May 2022
    1. Kaba emphasizes that the police violence that makes the news — the Black people choked to death, or shot in the back, or killed when police invade the wrong home by mistake — are “just the tip of the spear.” Police killings can capture national attention, and rightly so. But, she told me, “it's the routine and mundane violence that shapes our lives on a real systemic basis, and a structural basis.”

      The author uses of civility is through the depiction of police brutality. They know the emotions this will bring up for some readers and try to feed on that empathy.

  4. Jun 2021
    1. I was recently reminded of a story about Evelyn Waugh, who had behaved particularly rudely to a young French intellectual at a dinner party. Waugh was asked by the host, Nancy Mitford, how he could act so meanly and yet consider himself a believing and practicing Catholic. “You have no idea,” Waugh is said to have responded, “how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic.”
  5. Oct 2020
    1. Another good time to slow people down is when they’re about to post something nasty online. Friction-positive design can help here, too. Civil Comments was an app you could apply to your comments section that forced commenters to rate three other comments before posting their own.
  6. Aug 2019
    1. Thcayare1f.umm:moreas;dad11ha‘its&Lntauébn'jchéntheInd.himself.‘heru13hagalyona'xongthemthgt;cqn.ré;dxérritehiso

      He goes on to explain how the Natives might be more civilized even than the French



  7. Jun 2019
    1. tis,infact,onlyaswecanadvancetheirspiritualimprovement,thatwehaveanysurefoundationforamelioratingtheircivilconditio

      missionaries saw "spiritual improvement" as the only way to civilize the Natives



  8. Mar 2018
    1. Create an environment where your peers understand they don’t need to give up their entire worldview to consider your viewpoint or agree with you on one point.
  9. Dec 2016
    1. a new set of ways to report and share news could arise: a social network where the sources of articles were highlighted rather than the users sharing them. A platform that makes it easier to read a full story than to share one unread. A news feed that provides alternative sources and analysis beneath every shared article.

      This sounds like the kind of platforms I'd like to have. Reminiscent of some of the discussion at the beginning of TWIG: 379 Ixnay on the Eet-tway.

  10. Oct 2015
    1. But the Law of hospitality makes it difficult for any ethical program, even one carried out by a computational machine, to remain in place forever. The future of ethical programs requires a continuous vigilance in this regard, a vigilance that insists upon constant reexamination of the laws.

      This too possess awesome potential for discussions of civility and the political paradigm of any given moment.

    2. “conversations”

      Thinking of this as a "conversation" is cool because it allows the parallel with what is civil within such conversations. And when is the time for "protest," and what that might look like?

    3. volunteers also used procedural arguments to write back against the campaign and navigate the complex power dynamics of networked power.

      This was a cool parallel to protest that I plan on hijacking and extending.

    4. Rhetoric is often positioned as what we use when we don’t want to use force—a set of tools for persuading rather than exploiting.
    5. The exploit begins from the assumptions that thresholds are not clear and that the porousness of boundaries offer up the possibility of exploring multiple solutions or answers.

      A useful launching point for challenging systems more generally.

    6. does not see it as foreclosing political action or activism.
    7. Opposing protocol is like opposing gravity
    8. Who gets to exploit gaps in software?
    9. exploits trace the edges of a digital space

      I'm interested in what the concept of the exploit has to offer analysis of political situations in which a disruption occurs as a result of a gap in a political network.

    10. exploit
    11. to encourage writers to make a more individual expression.
    1. . Equally these are attempts to foster an expectation of civility which does not try to set its hopes too high

      Maybe society needs to focus on more short term goals that will be easier to assess on whether or not they are being reached.. It's important to set goals, but setting too high of goals can actually cause more discouragement than motivation