Maybe I'm getting more sensitive as I age, but it seems to me that the level of civility in many of the forums keeps falling. It's especially so in threads discussing hot-button topics like the current one about the iPhone 6's propensity to bend, but I see it elsewhere, as well. It's one thing to have strongly-held opinions; it's another to be rude and insulting when debating them with others. It's even worse on general news sites, where the comments that follow almost any article seem to devolve into nasty, meaningless nonsense within a few posts. CNN's web site was particularly bad in this regard, and I was glad when they stopped accepting comments altogether. I guess that much of this has to do with the anonymity afforded by forums like this - people feel that they can write almost anything without much repercussion. No matter that the person on the receiving end is another human being. Some will say that it's not wise to join the fray if you're thin-skinned, and I suppose that's true. But I worry that some of this bleeds over into other interpersonal relationships.