Today on Context Florida: Hurtful speech, intransigence, mentors and personal attacks

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Today on Context Florida:

University of Central Florida Writing and Rhetoric Professor Nathan Holic asks if we as a society are so disconnected from reality by our easy and safe Internet vitriol that we no longer imagine people reacting in real time when we say something truly hateful and hurtful.

American intransigence in the 1860s kept us from finding a collaborative path to do the right things without picking up guns.  Unless we stop the 2014 model of American intransigence, Linda Cunningham says that we may find ourselves once again killing to make a point.

Take Stock in Children scholarships are a statewide program that matches mentors with students from poor families. Shannon Nickinson talks of two such students that take every chance they can get to tell their stories in praise of the program that made college possible for them.

Ed Moore notes that we are immersed in personal attacks and derogatory politics, so much so we cease to focus on the content of the policies espoused by potential office holders. Case in point is the recent commentary about Jeb Bush and his possible run for the presidency, which has attacked him personally and focused little on his policies.

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