Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Electronic Grunts"

My esteem for Victor Davis Hanson continues to grow.  His latest piece is a welcome defense of the tradition of focusing on the liberal arts in undergraduate education.

According to Hanson, among the most important things we lose when we fail to concentrate on them is the ability to communicate effectively.
The more instantaneous our technology, the more we are losing the ability to communicate. Twitter and text-messaging result in economy of expression, not in clarity or beauty. Millions are becoming premodern — communicating in electronic grunts that substitute for effective and dignified expression.
Contemporary discourse has become largely a series of "premodern...electronic grunts".  Perfect.  Wish I'd written that.

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