Texting Away Our Best Manners and Memories
By BARBARA SHELLY
The Kansas City Star
Just for fun, let’s speculate on what college basketball coach Frank Haith may have said when he notified his boss by text message that he was quitting his job at the University of Missouri for a presumably better assignment.
Taking job at Tulsa. Check out my news conference coming up in a few.
Headed for Tulsa. C U next year in Final Four. LOL!
We should accept Haith’s word that he tried to contact MU athletic director Mike Alden by telephone the night before to break the news. But even so, a text message is a strange and regrettable way to end a high-profile assignment. It leaves no opportunity to learn or grow, to make amends or even issue recriminations.
It is a clipped, inadequate form of communication, an all-too-common cop-out. I was horrified a few years ago when a friend revealed that a long-distance boyfriend broke up with her via email. Nowadays, the guy may have done the deed by text.
Best we go separate ways. Have a great life. Pls mail sweater I left at your place last weekend.