Oh, hullo there.
"What's with the 'u' in hello?"
Well, u know, the modern world is all about being direct and to the point in your communication, and to some extent, reducing the overhead that comes with the communication process. If u kno wht ths mns u r mdrn cmukneekator.
"But what about sacrificing grammar, etiquette and the joys of communicating properly? Isn't all that important?"
Not really, if you consider the fact that most communication between people that goes on these days is all through that wonderful medium of text/instant messaging and e-mail. People have accepted these as the communication mediums of the future. They call it being modern. It's all instant yo! SMS, chat or there's always email - from the fastest to the slowest; in decreasing order of convinience; and 'instant'ness; technological prowess over a savvy population that is quickly distancing themselves from each other and from themselves.
"So, that's progress, isn't it? It's the information age after all, and getting your message across to a person in as many ways as possible, as fast as possible. And if you look at it, we're actually saving time by utilizing all the mediums available at our disposal. You're being a tad more sceptical than you should be! You crusty oldy moldy!"
'Oh-ldy moh-ldy'? Where did you get that? I accept the fact that it makes no sense for us to be ignoring all this convinience when it makes no practical sense to go halfway across a concrete jungle that spans a few kilometres spending a few hours (cursing the state of modern cities, and all the causes that wiped out the era when automobiles were fancy items only for the privileged few) in travel when you can as easily communicate with people in front of your machine hooked up to the intertubes, at a fraction of the expense and an infinitesimal fraction of the time.
But I will not accept the theory that this is the ultimate way to communicate. There is something missing - the human element - which cannot be replaced in any sense when you try meeting your friend through the tubes!
"Recently, a friend of mine said that we spent more time on chat that actually talking when we were face to face."
She's right. That's the truth. And I feel very distressed that it's become comfortable, nay preferable this way. We've lost something: all that time and all those keystrokes (not to mention sleep!) have coalesced into something I cannot quite understand: a routine that we're comfortable with.
"Sometimes, its better to be direct. Just like Dell."
Yes, and honestly, I prefer it that way. I just feel sad that people look at their credit balance on their prepaid cellular before they make a call. It's sad.
"But we don't have a phone."
True, but I still don't understand why it's such a big issue. Missed calls is all we get most of the time. We actually enjoy calling people up and engaging in an hour-long monologue just for the heck of it. We don't know if the other party hates us for doing that, but we haven't gotten too many complaints, have we?
"Well, there was that time when all of them complained about our monologues."
Ah, what I'd do to have a vagina!
"(gulp, choke, choke, choke, cough cough) glug!"
No, really, I've been thinking about it.
"Dream on, baby! We've got better plans."
But think about it, we could do the V. Monologues over the phone each time somebody missed-calls!
Vagina, it's just a word, like love. Try to imagine you had one...
"No, that's your job!"
Imagine all the people...
"No thank you, Sir. I'll keep what I have safely tucked away."
They're just words. Just words.
Words have taken an important position in the whole art of communicating. Words are everything. If you want to convey a message, you can surely do it by putting words together in sentences. If you can do that, then you've got a choice between all these mediums. Conveying the message is equivalent to communication, regardless of whether the receiver has been able to infer something from the message or not.
"Boring! Whatever! I don't understand you!"
Which brings us to the conclusion that words, no matter the quantity, no matter the proficiency of usage, or the accuracy of grammar, cannot convey everything, unless the receiving party is the sending party.
"So, are you talking of a trivial case here, like this conversation? Where the sender is the receiver and the receiver is the sender?"
Maybe. Maybe so.
"Hm, so, what about those who read this?"
It's really up to them to try and understand. I doubt their patience.
"So, all this is pointless too."
Pretty much. :-)
"Save for that Dell plug, there's nothing of value here?"
Nope. :-) Not at all.
There's a Prison Break parody though - Prison Freak. The video is down below.
"Nitya stands over your shoulder vouching her love for all things Prison Breaky."
I agree with her. It's a good show.