Facebook: putting readers ahead of the words
Am I missing something here? I don’t Twitter, tried Facebook for about a week and found intelligent and literate friends were writing banal crud.
I know, I know, I’m a dinosaur. What do you expect? I started out communicating mechanically using a cordless, battery-less typewriter.
I now have a bracelet made of old Remington or Royale typewriter keys.
To prepare for this copying process a typist rolled a strip of wax paper into the typewriter and the sharp metal keys of same carved out images in the wax.
This went on the Gestetner drum, add ink and paper. It was an office-sized printing machine.
All this work by hand took time, but governments still toppled, wars went ahead, and newspapers and books were written, published and read.Then followed the facsimile machine, which combined with the computer/internet put the invention of radio and electricity in the shade.
All I can say as a first-hand observer of these revolutionary advances is that reading Twitter and Facebook, communication standards have deteriorated along with manners or the people we admire are really not all that smart.
For example: Shane Warne.
On the pitch, a symphony of speed, accuracy and great showmanship.
To read his foreplay comments to an acknowledged world beauty, Elizabeth Hurley and the lady who runs the boutique opposite his Brighton office, is such a let down.
His Tweets are just so ordinary, even more than ordinary; he is what my mother would have said is “common.”
This prompts the question of just what Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, penned on parchment and mailed out by horseback, said to each other.
Or how their romance would have looked on YouTube?
Would Shakespeare have sounded romantic, poetic and robust, or in day-to-day chat did he just comment on his underwear and how he would like to have it off with the lady over the common?
Did King Herod chat about that Christ fellow, wandering around with a group of blokes handing out wisdom and fish? Or did he just say: “he’s costing me votes, hang him!”?
I saw the movie, The Social Network which writer Aaron Sorkin (also creator of the West Wing television series), said in an interview wasn’t accurate (how could it be? He wasn’t there!). It pretty well hit the mark, which is that it was formed because young student Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t get a girl.
The fact he is now the youngest billionaire in history says a great deal for what drives a man.
I have never doubted sex, and certainly money and/or real estate come a close second.
It is telling that Albert Einstein, Plato, Aristotle (tutor to Alexander the Great who definitely acquired substantial real estate), Socrates, Van Gogh, and others who made a difference, didn’t end up billionaires or the equivalent for their times.
I can be easily accused of writing pap for the internet, but I do create full sentences and I can do so using all fingers as well as my thumbs.
And I haven’t told you about visiting the vet which is what cruelled my first and only stint on Facebook.
A colleague who was employed working in an intense, life changing, somewhat political position chatted on Facebook about taking her dog to the vet, and why.
On the news there were reports of people dying, corruption at the highest and lowest level. What of this drama surrounding her throughout the day, I wanted to know?
With Facebook now generating more hits than Google, this and Tweeting is obviously the new Gestetner.
But for the same reason I was expelled from Bible Study as a teenager, I ask the question “Why?”.
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