My fifteen year old little brother was just beginning to express himself on a popular social media site on adult issues. He had moved a step beyond liking the adorable puppy photos our uncle posted and was joining in long political discussions with his peers. I was quite frankly very proud of his debut. He had an engaging style, precise grammar, and a factual knowledge of the issues that most adults couldn’t boast of. However he knew this as well and it showed in his tone. Mom decided to approach him with some constructive criticism.
Mom: “You have been making some great posts on the site lately! I am very proud of you.”
Me:*Dutifully minding my own business like a good big sister.*
Little Brother squints at Mom: “… but….?”
Mom: “But your posts are a bit too arrogant for constructive debate Sweetie.”
Little Brother frowns: “What do you mean? I never call people names, or say that their ideas are just stupid, even when their facts are just wrong.”
Mom: “Well Sweetie, it’s like this. The words you are using are fine but your tone is –“
Little Brother tilts his head in confusion: “But my tone is fine. I never use all caps!”
Me: *Breaks into gales of laughter *
Mom: *Glares at me while trying not to laugh*
Sweet “Sense and Sensibility” what kind of authors will the next generation be?