not an Italian

Sadly, I find myself in need for clarification over and over.

  • I strongly object to blasphemy, I find it an unnecessary and irritating display of vulgarity which might be statistically present when the alcoholic rate in the blood grows beyond a certain point in some people. I DO NOT BELIEVE it should ever ever find its way in the discourse of people who hold any type of public exposure (actors, politicians, businesspeople, etc.)
  • I think the obsessive need to laugh about everything and pepper every meeting with dubious-taste jokes is old and tired. To me it spells of someone who does not accept his age and suffers from a major Peter Pan complex
  • as a businessperson, I find the cavalier attitude with which our government has simply ignored the need for a Minister of Economic Development right in the middle of the worst economic crisis in postwar Italy, only to finally name someone who has no business experience insulting and depressing. Clearly restoring economic health to this poor country is not very high on the government agenda

I am obviously part of a very small minority.


One thought on “not an Italian

  1. There was a good segment today on NBC’s Today show about incivility and crassness in pop culture. Their focus was on all things American, certainly not focused on Italians.

    One of the major contributing factors according to those that commented was Social Media and the anonymity of true identity. It didn’t end there, but their point was that the anonymous element present in much of social media has created a level of acceptance/expectation of online behavior which has crossed over into politics and other forms of social interaction.

    There’s something to this all of this which possibly correlates to some of the points that you made below.

    Has the time come for:

    • A certain social media type limited to “true identity” participation with some sort of authentication process?
    • Is it time for an ethical code for social media that is developed and more importantly adopted and embraced by sponsors that really want to promote positive change?
    • A similar code for bloggers including the above and incorporating more aspirational set of editorial standards as well?

    Of course, this is a voluntary thing, and I’m sure there are elements of this already out there. The internet works best when it self-organizes, yet it can always use the right kind of sponsor to move the adoption of certain kinds of standards along.

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