No Reinvention for Conversation
You don’t call anymore.
Truth of the matter is, even I don’t call anymore.
We’d much rather sit and lather ourselves in the day to day nothingness,
The equivalents of couch warming talents, watching soaps neglecting soap and all hope of outside social encounters for the solitude 5 to 35 feet of carpet, wood or tile between the comfort spot and the kitchen counter.
Well not entirely
We’d just rather reduce communication to impersonal notifications.
OR send text messages…
I too have dissolved the extremities of me, to the capabilities of my 4G LTE.
I used to be:
Fresh, adaptable, cool, funny, outgoing, mysterious, late, early, loud, quiet, difficult, understandable, athletic, positive, significant, glowing… free.
Well now I’m just incoming.
…Or not responding, or ignoring, or slow, or in a dead spot, or screening, or beaming, or completely unfamiliar with modern text jargon and its acronyms.
The absolute worst part is that my spelling and grammar is below par with comparison to my seventh-grade self!
Self! Maybe I should text you a multimedia-message (video) specifically,
Preferably a YouTube clip of how Hooked On Phonics should work for me,
Because the simple words that my T9 prediction coupled with Swype auto-corrects have left me checked; looking like a bum with no urgent or latent need for a GODDAMN DICTIONARY!
I may not have a clue, as to exactly what you do,
When seeking a thesaurus for help.
But in the grand scheme of things my misspellings are overlooked, accepted and encouraged because the people I exchange data with in substitution of social growth and learning are becoming just as illiterate as me.
Circle of redundancy.
The rise of impersonal notifications…
And no matter how hard we try to personalize the situation with stylized verbiage, personification, text tags or emoticons we just can’t bridge the gap between the nothingness and good old conversation.
There’s just no conversion or data speed for pronunciation, articulation, attractive voices and analog tones!
Regardless of our cavalier attempts to improve the efficiency of communication with “more advanced” methods, we have failed at doing so inexplicably with regards to replacing the phone call.