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Some Thoughts: The Modern Diatribe

posted Apr 21, 2011, 7:54 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 24, 2011, 12:59 PM by Golden Knight ]
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By Chris Ferro
The consummation, expansion, integration, and evolution of language constitute all which society is based on. By formulating new words with unique ideas, humankind has been able to express itself clearly, logically and intelligently. But have the bounds of letters and syllables been crossed? Is the expansion of imagination detrimental to the fostering of language?


Life necessitates a constant struggle and, therefore, a constant give-and-take. Even the ethereal realm of “modern technology” falls under this category. The pros: the transaction of ideas at instantaneous speeds, better equipment and lower costs, access to hundreds of information outlets, ways to keep in contact with friends, etc. The con: the failure to live without these luxuries and, as a result, the failure to become independent and free from any attached technological strings.


But does the rapid evolution of technology augment or detract from social interaction? Facebook, the social networking website created by Mark Zuckerberg and company in 2004, altered the landscape of person-to-person communication. Texting, a 21st century innovation, added to this homogenous modification. No longer did people have to use their voices; text or Facebook messages were enough. Instead of calling someone on the phone and talking with him or her, a person could just push a few buttons and start a “virtual conversation.”


As a result, it became more expensive and inconvenient to talk with someone rather than text him or her. So, where does the evolution of language fit into this story? Well, it wasn’t an evolution, per say, as it was devolution. This new form of conversation required a special language. This “language” became rudimentary in nature. Neo-TLAs such as “LOL” and “BRB” symbolized the inability of people to text or type even three words. When did we become this lazy?


As much as technology is creative and innovating, it fosters a kind of slothfulness within those who use it. The goal of technology has always been to find a cheaper, more efficient way of getting the job done. Eventually, it may come to the point where people won’t even need to move a muscle. A machine will be able do that for us.


The road less travelled is an arduous one, and it is why many people choose to traverse it, but the exponential growth of technology may eradicate every path. Is choosing to take the simpler path easier? Yes. But is it more spiritually and physically rewarding? No. So, let the advancement of language break the barriers of laziness and promote the establishment and complex and creative ideas, for the language that ceases to grow will die.