08 August 2011

Civility is in the eye of the beholder

civility: civilized conduct; especially: courtesy, politeness
(Merriam-Webster)

There's been quite a bit of discussion on the internet about Rebecca Watson's talk at the CFI Student Leadership Conference, and her "calling out" of Stef McGraw, who was in the audience at the conference. Apparently, there are many in the community who see nothing wrong with what Watson did, since she was "civil" while doing so.

I've been somewhat puzzled by this, but Mrs. A.S. has been particularly pained by this apparent lack of empathy - even more so now that the video has been posted. So she put together this little exercise and asked me to post it here.