After a successful (no deaths!) birthday party for my eight year old son, I find myself in a reflective mood.

Shouting as a form of communication, while popular in this segment, is too easily crowded out. It makes communicative violence such as pushing (move!) and strangling (be quiet!) more, if not acceptible, then at least explicable. There might be valuable insights here for both advertisers and political campaigners, but none especially uplifting.