Originally Posted by ckblv
It was so rare, that I remember no instances of any school shootings back in the 50's and 60's when I went to school. That says something to me.
One big thing that has changed, that isn't being taken into account in this message, is the prevalence of the media in today's society. It's possible that school shootings occurred in the '50s and '60s (I have no idea -- I'm a child of the '80s) but that the media didn't explode the story across every freaking paper and television screen.
I don't agree that kids today are worse than they were fifty years ago. I think the majority of kids are polite, respectful and decent. We just don't remember those kids, because they don't stand out -- because they're the norm.
We remember the obnoxious brats because they do
stand out because they're not
the norm. My fiance's cousins are perfect examples of kids today: smart, technologically-aware, respectful and hard-working. They're not brats, although they have bratty moments. And they're not all that unusual. We just think
it is because bratty kids get much more media coverage than well-behaved ones. (When the well-behaved kids start making the news, then
we have a problem because they'll be so unusual as to be news-worthy.)
As for those who say "lighten up," well, this is IMO. If the article were posted in the Lounge (and the OP didn't add that she considered it to be very true and very sad), it would be taken as a joke. By posting it in IMO, it implies that debate is to follow, and that this opinion could be viewed in a variety of different ways. I could post a racist joke in IMO with the intent that the joke be discussed, but in the Lounge it would be horribly inappropriate -- people would assume I meant
it as a joke rather than that I was offended by it. Nobody
would tell other posters to lighten up about a racist joke.
Why is it okay to tell me that my generation sucks? That we're rude, overly-protected, overly-PC, spoiled and ignorant? We're not.
And yes, I know that the original email was a joke, but I think I -- and other posters -- have as much right to be offended by it as we would by a joke that suggests all women (or men) are stupid, that all [insert race here] are lazy or bad drivers or violent criminals or whatever ignorant prejudice people have.
Perhaps a thread should be started about how everyone from the previous generations (whichever generations, I don't really care) is backward, abusive, uneducated and completely without a social conscience. Would that
be funny? Or would that piss people off, too?
We're in IMO for a reason: to discuss and debate the issues as they are presented. Since this thread was posted in IMO, one can only assume the intent behind the posting was to create debate. Don't tell us to lighten up, as if we have no sense of humour, just because we don't happen to find this particular joke
:long-winded rant over: