Monday, November 02, 2009

Not Everything Should Be A Sound Byte

I'm starting to get some complaints about my habit of posting long articles from other sites, using all them big words that hurt people's heads, and which make them scrooch up their eyes trying actually to read blocks of type, which makes their heads hurt as well.

I'll get into this at greater length later on, but you want it short and sweet so you can wrap your mind around it in a few bytes? (Bite? Not sure which is the correct spelling in this context.) Anyway: here it is:

We are already so dumbed-down in this country we are functionally illiterate. Many of you literally cannot read and understand articles like the last two I posted. You were never taught how and you were never made to read in America's horrifying public schools. It's not your fault you are an ignoramus, but you can correct it through an effort of will. Do it.

The solution to that is not for me to dumb it down further. The solution is for you to force that weak and flaccid attention span of yours to concentrate, read the posts, and figure out what they mean by using your brain. Your brain is like any other organ or muscle. If you don't use it, it grows weak and flabby. If you do use it, your brain and your comprehension will bulk up.

I keep telling you people to man up and get some courage and some self-respect, enough to act instead of sit there staring at the computer terminal like a brain-dead zombie. But you also need to man that brain up of yours and learn to read a block of type for content, like our ancestors did. You know, back in the days a hundred or so years ago when they ruled the world and made real revolutions?


Anonymous John Norman Howard said...


Put down the cell phones and the iPods and stop going to the movies that are edited for the MTV crowd, with new pictures flashing every 2 seconds.

Barring that... perish, then.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

by the way...

its been a while since something realy original in the field of arts came to light,
its all rebooting and remaking, or only with the intent of making money,
da vinci code's, the secret,transformer, were living in a new era of pure stupidness,
and people are loosing their abilities to concentrate.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ultimate manifestation of the loss of ability to concentrate is Twitter. 140 characters or less, pure drivel.

"I'm going to the store now."

Who gives a rat's ***?

If this doesn't stop soon, we might just lose (not "loose," to any morons out there) the ability to read altogether.

Dave 11052009 / 0758

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other day I was talking to a young woman about WW2 and she asked me _what_ Poland was. Not "where is it?" but "What is Poland?" She had no idea it was a country in Eastren Europe let alone where it was and the role it played in the war.

I felt like I was in a Twilight Zone episode.

10:46 AM  

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