Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Blast from the past - just found an old Wired article, with an interview with Miss Manners in it.

Surprisingly, for something over 6 years old :) it has some relevant insight to today's on-line world...

"Freedom without rules doesn't work. And communities do not work unless they are regulated by etiquette.
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"The interesting thing is why people think that someone who is not present (a phone ringing) is more important than someone who is.
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"People who are downsized, for instance, find they've been dropped by everyone they know because they don't have real friends. They only had business acquaintances
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"No. We have two regulatory systems: legal and etiquette. The legal system prevents us from killing each other. The etiquette system prevents us from driving each other crazy.
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Wise words.

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