Traces

Have you ever considered the types of traces we leave throughout our lives especially the ones left on the internet. We have become prone to a world that its sole purpose is to reinforce our ability to create new meanings to the words Like, Share, Comment, Repost, etc. These words have completely taken on a life of their own and have manifested a new meaning.

As I write I am thinking about the new mediums we are constantly creating and how technology has dogmatized the way we communicate. Have these new technologies fostered a narcissistic way of thinking or has it evolved us in a new way completely unprecedented?

My worry is that, we are living in a time of mass mechanization and technolization (yes I made it up) that I fear we are creating this polarizing separation that affects the ethical nature of men and women.

I wonder if years from now, the posts we write, the photos we share via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook will it be studied as a revolutionizing way of communicating or a demoralizing way of communication and literacy. I pray that I will be around to see how it will play out.

What are you thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Traces

  1. I share your concerns. With written communications in particular there are certain rules which must be followed to render intelligible the symbols from which words are created. As in many aspects of life these rules, or conventions, are very often dismissed or ignored which can make it difficult for the reader to understand what the author is saying. I’m not sure if it’s laziness or a wilful desire to be seen to be different (even though we might have no idea what they’re actually saying) or using the age old excuse of a condition such as dyslexia. On the subject of dyslexia, it seems to me the very real and often debilitating medical condition of dyslexia has become so diluted to describe people who simply have difficulties reading and/or writing. In my experience most do not have a condition as such they (simply) prioritise other activities over reading and writing.

    A particular problem we have in UK is the way an increasing number of people deliberately mispronounce certain words whilst speaking. This is not just a preserve of the young either, I know a few who have carried the “affliction” into middle age! Specifically they say “fought” instead of “thought”, “fing” instead of “thing” and so on. When I was at school this would have been treated as a speech impediment and I have absolutely no idea why people choose to speak in such an affected manner.

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    1. I’ve been meaning to reach out to you. First, thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns. I think you touched upon it, it maybe laziness or just not caring. There is this whole idea in here in the US, where it’s cool to abbreviate words or to turn words into slang(I’m not a fan of it). Dyslexia is a touchy subject, I had a classmate who suffered from it and I could see it was a real struggle for her. But then again, we’ve blown up certain flaws and marked them as a major disease. I’m not quite sure where we are able to go from here. I didn’t know you had that problem in the UK, hmmmm interesting. Many Americans views of the UK is that you guys speak the “Queen’s English” I guess everyone has their flaws haha. Funny you mention speech impediment, I stutter at least 50 times a day, which is why you can understand why I love to write 🙂

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