Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lost in Translation

Facebook- check.
Twitter- check.
MySpace- check.
Blog- check.
Work e-mail, School e-mail, Personal e-mail- check, check, check.
AIM- check.
MSN Messenger- check.
iPhone- check.
Access to all of these via iPhone- check.

What is the world coming to!? I have listed every means of communication I have an account for or have access too. Just so you don't have to count, that's 10 (TEN) methods of communications!! And that's probably not even half! Within Facebook there is wall-to-wall, messages, and chat! Within e-mail there is a messenger systems! The list is never ending!

And yet, somehow, someway...we still can't find the words to say what we mean. We can't seem to just be able to speak freely with each other. To tell someone how we really feel about them. (I am talking about in a friendly, "Hey, I like you" kind of way, not the mean "Hey, you're ugly!!" kind of way). Ever wish you could go back in time when the boy had to walk to the girl's house and actually ask her on a date?! Like had to physically speak the words, "Would you like to go to dinner with me?" Now days we get a text that says "dnr l8r?" And we're lucky to get that much. When did typing vowels become uncool?

Ahh, gone are the days of simple romance and conversations. When did it become easier to write words rather than speak them? As a child, parents are so excited about their baby's first words, are we going to get that excited about baby's first text? or e-mail account? Ok, I exaggerate a tad, but you get my point.

The English language is the most difficult language to learn, and we, as Americans more or less have got it down! Let's learn to use is and truely speak with one another. I leave you with this quote by Joseph Priestley. He was born in 1733 and died in 1804. That's right, 1804 and even he understood what was happening to our communication. Even then!

"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate." - Joseph Priestley

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