There's an interesting article in Nature last week concerning the link between bumper stickers and road rage. The conclusion from the Colorado State University team drew from their study is that there is a correlation between how someone uses their car as an expression outlet and their likelihood for anger behind the wheel. They link bumper stickers with territorial markers. This is my space, not yours.
I bring this up because of my previous post concerning P.M. Forni's Book Choosing Civility. Here in Howard County, the library has been passing out these magnetic bumper stickers supporting the civility campaign. Using the now published research, could these bumper stickers be considered an expression of some subtle hostility? Like Forni's book (from here on, it'll be referred to as Forni's hissy fit), it would certainly seem to suggest that it is the case.
I'll certainly have to muse this new data and work it into some workable form. More to come.