I’ve just heard the kind of programme that reaffirms why I love radio as my medium of choice – and why I love the BBC. It was AL Kennedy presenting “A Point of View” on BBC Radio 4, on the topic of “In Praise of Courtesy”.
It is the kind of programme I would usually recommend any of my undergraduate students take an opportunity to listen to, not because of its relationship to the news agenda, but because of the quality and depth of reflection – something required on so many course assignments, and obviously, a useful life skill.
This particularly programme addresses the idea of whether courtesy might not just be something ‘good’ in itself in principle, but might just be a practical tactic for success. It reminds me very much of some of the work in the book by Susan Cain (2012) “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” London: Viking.