|slobake ||02-20-2013 04:43 PM |
Too many words
Everywhere we turn today we are bombarded with words. Whispered words, printed words, screaming words. Words that are intended to entice, convince, sell, cajole, seduce, convict and get our attention. We spend 12 to 16 years or more listening to words spoken to us by teachers. Politicians tell us they have the way to make things better, preachers tell us to repent, advertisers tell us why we should buy their product, bartenders yell out “Last Call”. Signs tell us to stop, to yield, no parking, no left turn, quiet hospital zone. Billboards, radios, newspapers, magazines, television, traffic signs the internet all speaking words to us. It wasn’t so long ago that none of this existed.
Is all this having an affect on us? What is it doing to us? I see people in cars all on their handhelds either talking or driving and no-one is paying attention to each other. People on mass transit with headphones, smart phones, I-pads, newspapers, and even books afraid to talk to the person sitting next to them.
Where are we headed? When did I get so cynical? I don’t trust what our leaders say. Not just government leaders but those industry, churches, and charities … etc. Was it always this way?
Sometimes I like to take what I call a media fast. No media at all including electronic media and print media. Nothing but blissful silence. I get to talk to my wife and friends, play music (imagine that) and just sit and be. It’s a great experience for me. I might do it for a couple of days, a week, even a month. I find myself more peaceful and in tune with my surroundings.
Comments? Anyone else ever fast media?