Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dimitri writes: Here – verbatim – is the text of a Craigslist classified:
“The car itself is in good condition and the fuel and transmission are in the car, along with tires attached. The car itself doesn’t start due to possible electrical problem, however if fixed, the car will drive well. It’s missing a car radio, but the interior is in good condition as well.”
My reply: It’s an attempt at humor, but I get your point. Adults communicating in the manner of children, often poorly schooled. I despise Twitter for this reason. Even the name is affronting. What adult of either sex “Tweets”? It sounds like – and is – the sort of thing that would appeal to a 12-year-old girl. I do not think it’s accidental, either, that the “Tweet” is short. In order to normalize abbreviated thought. To prevent the elaboration of complex thought, which often simply cannot be done in two or three lines.
None of this is by accident. The current pervasive fear is a function of the manufactured incapacity of people to think like adults rather than respond like scared children.
It makes my teeth ache. Yours too, apparently!
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