the demise of interpersonal communication
the risk of sounding like an old man who is completely
out of touch with the times, I feel a need to vent about
the continued decline of our society and the role intepersonal
communication, or the lack thereof, has played in that
bad enough that the art of letter writing has gone the
way of the Dodo bird, the Great Auk and the Passenger
Pigeon. In fact, the last full-length, hand-written letter
using pen and ink on paper stationary by Mary Hodges of
Beaconsfield, Quebec on June 5, 2016 is now on display
as the Museum of Civilization. And Christmas cards, wedding
invitations and thank-you cards dont count.
talking about real letters written in real sentences formed
into real paragraphs that are devoid of acronyms like
LOL, YOLO, BRB and TYVM.
have an entire generation of Canadians whose interpersonal
com-munications are limited to 140 characters or less.
still, they defer to texting each other rather than actually
speaking to one another using the same device theyre
texting with the phone.
is nothing on this earth that drives me crazier than not
being able to call someones cell phone and actually
talk to them.
that why we embraced the advent of the cell phone in the
first place? So that we could talk to someone immediately
rather than have to leave a message on their answering
machine (remember those) and wait for them to get home
before returning your call?
someone answer their cell phone on the first try has become
a rarity. More often then not, the response I get usually
comes via text. Whats up? is the most
up? Answer your damn cell phone, thats whats
I wanted to text you, I would have texted you. Believe
it or not, there are some conversations that require more
than 140 characters.
other response I get a lot is why didnt you
leave a message? On this point I must admit mea
culpa. I am not the greatest message leaver.
am not total sure why I am loathe to leave a message,
except to say that when I call someone it is because I
am looking for an answer to an immediate question.
it is important I will call you back, usually repeatedly
and until you finally answer the phone. Im kind
of funny that way.
back to my original premise, the current dependency on
texting and tweeting, further legitimized by an American
president who has difficulty stringing three words together
and has probably never written a long-form letter in his
life, has resulted in high school graduates who are ill-prepared
for the literary rigors of university. When asked to prepare
a 500-word essay, they go into apoplexy.
must somehow turn the tide. Or maybe Im entirely
off base. Im railing against a movement that can
not be undone. Maybe Im the dinosaur. Maybe Im
the Dodo bird, the Great Auk and the Passenger Pigeon
all rolled into one.
future students will be able to write their exams using
their Twitter feed. Please keep your answers to 140 characters
why stop there? Resumes can be submitted via Snapchat
or Instagram, and interviews can be conducted through
the next logical evolution from the multiple choice question.
please hand me my onion belt. ( Gratuitous Simpsons reference.)
would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for the
Justin Trudeau/ Donald Trump meeting on Monday. You cant
find two human beings who are more different in personality
and political ideology.
can only think that it was a totally surreal experience
for the Prime Minister to kibitz with a man who would
be hard-pressed to name more than three Canadian cities
and a single province.
about that a second.
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