Have you given up on the hope that old-fashioned manners and courtesy can have a place in the digital world? In an article in The New York Times, Alex Williams writes about the efforts of "a new generation of etiquette gurus and good-manner bloggers" who are trying in their own ways to keep civility alive in our raucous self-centered culture where rudeness and little regard for others seems to reign.
These new Emily Posts offer advice on shaking hands when being introduced for the first time, being considerate of others at the gym, how to behave at a nude beach, and ways to be courteous at a drive-in window. Addressing the biggest need of all, they offer plenty of counsel on what has been labeled "netiquette" where technology and manners intertwine.
The article includes a round-up of websites and books on the return of manners. We learn that for new generations "nice is very cool right now" and that they want to embody some of the values of their grandparents. Only time will tell whether these good intentions will result in a renaissance of civility – but we certainly hope so.