I found the video at the end of this post on Doxy's Facebook page and I was astounded when I watched it. It made me think of my own "lazy language" and how the impact of contemporary culture and the use of social media impacts communication.
One day last year, Lisa and I were on the phone. I recall that we talked about the intersection of cultural decline and the loss of language. This has all been happening and as with many things, by the time we notice it, it is nothing new.
That does not make it any less alarming.
Mind you, language is alive - so it will change. That is not the problem. How language changes speaks volumes about the culture that puts the change into motion.
One of the reasons that this is on my mind is due to a Facebook comment thread on my blog the other day. A former co-worker of mine, a fine person, but one with very different political views than my own, made a remark about the Obama administration. He said (emphasis mine):
Change is only possible when the majority agrees that change is not only needed, but the best course of action. You can't just shove it down everyone's throat. No matter how much we all may agree that change is needed, you need the buy in from the majority. If not then this administration is making the same mistakes as their predecessor.
This notion of how Obama is "shoving" things down our throats continues to astound and amaze me. What does it say about language, perception and propaganda?
Personally, while I am not as hard on Obama as many of my compatriots, I do think that he has made numerous mistakes. (It should be noted that I am listening to John Boehner, always known for his collaborative ways, in the background on NPR. He is talking about how the President needs to listen to people and be more bi-partisan.)
However, just how the conversation about healthcare or bi-partisan politics is framed, seems to be defined by the somehow-more-aggressively-inarticulate. In some bizarre and counter-intuitive way, they are more, dare I say, articulate.
Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.