Counting to Ten

Joe Nocera has a reminder from his mother — count to ten before you speak.

 It feels at times as if contemplation has given way to expectoration, with speed overtaking sense and nuance exiting the equation. And I’m talking about more than the rising count of reputations forfeited and careers dashed in 140 characters or fewer, of crackups like that of a prominent New York publicist who recently tweeted what she apparently meant to be a joke about not having to worry about AIDS in Africa because she’s white.

I’m talking about a revved-up metabolism and roughened-up manners.