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Special thanks to filmmaker, John Curtin for making his documentary available to us under special arrangement.
|Montreal, Quebec : Kaos Films Worldwide, ©2008.|
Rudeness is on the rise, and this documentary counts the ways. From cell phone abusers broadcasting their chatter to the world to enraged motorists cutting each other off on the highway. From airline passengers going bonkers at altitude to employees losing it in the office. Watch people not hold the door open for one another and not say thank you when someone else does. See a visibly pregnant woman left standing on the subway.
Discover how we insult strangers anonymously on the Internet. Some blame the decline of civility on stress, jungle capitalism and distracting technology. Others see it as a logical result of the revolutionary '60s', when baby boomers tossed out their parents' stilted etiquette and opted for "anything goes".
"Civility is going downhill," says manners expert Louise Masson. "We don't give a damn." But we should. Manners are the oil that greases the wheels of society. Without self-restraint, our world would decend into chaos. "Good manners and civility are not about which fork to choose for the salad," says P.M. Forni of Johns Hopkins University. "They're how we treat one another in everyday life. And what's more important than that?
NR · 2008 · 47 min
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