Respectacles or Respectaculars?

Our nation appears to be having difficulty showing respect for one another. Sadly, examples of disrespect and a lack of civility are rampant.

Recently, talk-show host John Gibson laughed off Heath Leger’s death by calling him a “weirdo with a serious drug problem.” He then played quotes from Leger’s Oscar-nominated performance in “Brokeback Mountain,” “How can I quit you?” followed by a biting comeback, “Well, he found out how to quit you,” Gibson said, laughing into his microphone.

In Washington, DC, after a snowstorm left three inches of snow on the ground, a high school senior left his name, number, and a message on the superintendent’s answering machine asking why he was keeping school open. The superintendent’s wife responded by leaving the young man an angry, condescending message, including calling the students “snotty nose little brats.” Her rant found its way onto the Web and into America’s mainstream media spotlight.

And let’s not forget our politicians who have filled news outlets throughout this election campaign with disrespectful rhetoric, especially during the week in which we celebrate the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.

What can you do?


On Monday, January 21, the official holiday recognizing Dr. King, Arketype once again closed its doors as it has for the past three years and took it as “a day on.” We spent the day volunteering and engaging the community in which we live and work. This year’s theme centered on respect…how timely!

Four Arketype teams visited area schools, acting out scenes for second-graders that illustrated the use of disrespect in various situations. Students were given pairs of “respectacles” [colorful eyeglasses] and asked to wear them in order to see ways of changing each situation. The teams then replayed the scenes using the students’ tips and advice. The program ended with a song and slide show illustrating the importance of diversity and respect.

Ray Faccio, who is responsible for business development at Arketype, participated in the event and had this comment about the experience:

“Interacting with a class of second-graders on MLK Jr. day always reminds me of the absolute innocence of these little ones. I watched a little girl sitting in the front row faintly mouthing the words to the song, ‘Don’t Laugh at Me,’ as it played. She obviously was thinking deeply.


“As much as we hear how children are growing up faster and faster, these children are innocent and impressionable. They just need adults to show them a good path.

“I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would be happy with the small acts of caring we extend each year on his birthday.”

Arketype is compelled through communication to be a positive influence in the development of today’s youth. After all, designing and building communication is what we do in business every day for others. And we believe that design has purpose. With that comes responsibility above and beyond our own industry.

MLK day is a great reminder for everyone to engage in respectful behavior. Imagine the spectacular results if everyone engaged in just a little respect.

Paul Meinke

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~ by Paul James on January 31, 2008.

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