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Posted September 23, 2009
Updated September 24, 2009

Why are we so angry? Near fights at town hall meetings on healthcare reform, a member of Congress yells at the president, Serena Williams screams at a line judge and Internet coments can be brutal.

Is this a new phenomenon or is it easier for us to be heard? Could something deeper be at work in each of us?

We’ll talk about this with Angela Connor, managing editor of WRAL's online community GOLO, Dr. James Seymour from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, and from UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Chris Lundberg.

Do you have questions about the decline of civility? Share them below and we'll use them in the show, or e-mail ontherecord@wral.com.

Watch it on WRAL-TV Saturday night at 7:30, or watch online Monday at 1:30 p.m. and chat along with David.


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  • Made In USA Sep 24, 2009

    I predicted robberies and larcenies would occur more when this recession first settled in. I'm not sure, but I don't think that is the case. I also predicted seeing an increase in road rage as well. I don't think that happened either. Rage is showing up in new and different places now, like the internet and at politicial meetings. My question is...

    Q. Would any of you agree with me that in ten years from now there will be strict and enforced laws governing internet usage directed towads social sites?

  • oldrebel Sep 24, 2009

    Should be a good show. I look forward to watching it!

  • CestLaVie Sep 24, 2009

    You know, treet, I've tried positive suggestions & comments............and all I get is negativity!!!!

  • CestLaVie Sep 24, 2009

    Why chant positively when I'm angry too....at most of the things I suggested.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Sep 24, 2009

    Animal Lover, with all due respect, you are part of the problem. I've read and responded to your blog posts in the past, and quite frankly, they are not constructive. You generalize every negativity thinking that they apply to everyone in a particular group, when they really do not. If you want to make a positive constructive change, be part of the process to make the change and not just chanting negatively on the sidelines.

  • CestLaVie Sep 24, 2009

    Corruption in all levels of government. Bloated salaries & bonuses for millions on their lily-white pedestals. Politicians at ALL levels stink, with no earthly idea of how to represent ALL their constituents, not just special AND monied interests. Term limits should be instituted to get the stinkers out; disgust at this not EVER being considered, akin to the fox guarding the henhouse. Morals in the gutter, along with morale. This once-great nation going down the tubes & NOBODY seems to care. Everyone wanting their rights(!). Political parties' abuse of power. Health care "reform" a joke too; it's reform only for those who want to saddle most of the nation with the care for those who don't have it. Legal system giving more rights to perps instead of victims.

    Have I given you enough reasons yet?????? The list is almost endless.

  • CestLaVie Sep 24, 2009

    I think everyone's angry at all the CARP going on in the world today, unceasingly. Huge unemployment rates, while corp America keeps on with outrageous bonuses & other bennies, not to mention the control & power they are exerting on everything & everyone in their path. Incessant inflation during good times & bad, as the greedy continue to get their grubby hands on money, money, money. The economy in the tank, AGAIN, with no one seemingly in charge of fixing it or curbing the problems that caused it; America does not seem to have learned anything from the past depression. Rampant racism. Diversity is a joke. The illegal alien problem has never been fixed; legal citizens of America feel they are supporting all those who should not be here. English as the official language of this country; written & verbal messages constantly bombard us to the contrary. Entitlement attitudes of millions of people. US Constitution being ripped apart & trampled upon. Violence up the kazoo.

  • Myra Sep 24, 2009

    The awesome massive power of the MEDIA should stop highlighting and featuraing only the RAGE, the angry, narcisstic, idiotic behavior of celebrities and painting them as "normal regular peeps doing what comes naturally." Michael Vick, for example, is NOT sorry he hurt dogs and killed them; he is sorry he got caught. Selena Williams is not sorry for her disgusting rage and use of the "F-bomb"; she is sorry it cost her money. This list is endless. Thanks to the MEDIA these uncivilized idiots are still perceived as "typical" good old citizens. We need a WALL OF SHAME identifying them. -- Michael Phelps who broke his contract and promise not to do drugs, caught on camera puffing on a bong - doesn't have to be sorry; he got dispensation and is still making big bucks. AMERICA NEEDS BETTER ROLE MODELS and better media coverage - for the children.