Decorum broken down

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Bill shared a brief anecdote in class of walking across campus and finding himself in the unfortunate position of being downwind from someone spitting, and how this experience represents a misappropriation of decorum, a breakdown in the system of appropriate private and public behavior. There is some indication that this is a condition of contemporary life based on our means of evaluating everything through the lens of competition: we compete with each other, compete with electronic devices for the real attention we all need and deserve, and this paradigm of competition holds less space for inner contemplation.

We all see apparent examples of this breakdown of decorum in contemporary life. Is this an ethical problem related to the lack of internal or external awareness, a lack of clear thinking? Some people often ignore that writing, language itself, is indeed a form of technology. What is the relationship between technology and…

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