Everything Old is New Again

The way we communicate as humans has been changing throughout history. It changed abruptly with the invention of the moveable type printing press around 1440. It has begun changing again with the rapid evolution of computerized technology and the internet. I don’t know if this can be described as good or bad; but people seem to feel free to post almost anything on the web, while sometimes still seeming to be less connected than ever to others in the real world. Damfino.

Regardless of whether you personally think our net and wireless-capable communication is positive, negative, or valueless, how we communicate is certainly changing.  Social connection sites like Facebook and MySpace are pervasive, and younger segments of the population practically live on their texting cell devices.  How we write certain things has also now changed to reflect rapid communication, with Twitter giving users a mere 140 characters to express a thought.

This is really nothing new, though.  Using extremely concise phrasing and abbreviations happened when the telegraph was popularized (as well as a “code” to translate words into dots and dashes).  We have had certain phrases and words (the much-damned LOL, for instance) that have entered the popular vocabulary.  We have been lax with our vocabulary and flabby in our usage of the language.  Expressing a well-developed thought with the minimum number of words is useful mental exercise.  Expressing that thought eloquently is true art.

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  1. Posted May 7, 2010 at 1:25 am Permalink

    I can’t really comment in regards to eloquence, but utterly useless non-words such as LOL have always annoyed me greatly. If you insist on contributing nothing of worth to what you are saying, at least be somewhat original about it or take the effort to use a real word. I’m not asking that much really…

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