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I came across this recently from an ad for Shutterfly:
“Words, often criticized for being too concrete, have been slowly falling out of favor, with authors preferring to tell their tales via pop-ups, photographs, and interpretive ketchup blobs.”

How can words “fall out of favor?” However, this concept led to another question: Is the new technology of YouTube, texting (in the most minimalist of characters possible), and even the finely tuned twitter messages taking away from our ability to communicate?

I appreciate their practical applications, but will we lose the feel of poets? Consider what Shel Silverstein did with words:

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

And if Martin Luther King had sat in the Birmingham jail with a cell phone and texted his friends, would we have felt the impact of these words:

I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.

Are we losing our ability to express our thoughts, and therefore, our ability to think, and influence for good, by reducing our communications to tweets, posts, texts, and YouTube videos? Do people still have conversations about ideas?

:-@ (silent screaming).

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