A millenial tried to explain to me why emojis and gifs of memes are a better means of communicating.
“Talking by phone is a drag.”
“Speaking face to face, even precovid, nearly an impossibility.”
“And, using the written word? So tedious and time consuming.”
(If bored just scroll through the images below.)
As a gal born in the early 1980’s, I often feel stranded between two realities.
Yes, I always used a word processor to do my school essays.
Yes, I had to go to a library in early days to gain access to said PC.
No, I did not grow up with the internet until my early teens.
No, I have not always had a cell phone. Not until college. And, I quite enjoyed my dumb phone.
Yes, I may be a soul more befitting of the 1920’s.
Screw your shortcuts.
Screw your sitting before a tv and watching movies, then snipping these to create a gif to speak for thee.
Screw your desire to make a digital smiley face to show me that you are happy.
Then, I recalled all the symbols I painstakingly learned to express things antiquatedly.
Do millenials actually recall the origin of the word “meme“¿
Here is my attempt to show that meaning to thee.
An eggplant is not a clever reference to sexuality. At least, not to me.
Antiquated symbols offer an erudite aesthetic beauty not found in millennial symbology.
I can describe the entire sky, at any moment in time, with the following.
I wager the people whom created these were chastised by their contemporaries, for staring at the sky too long. Much like I accused thee of staring at the tv.
But, yeah, I find these much more charming.
Of biology and chemistry, the simplistic can be communicated thusly.
Of the self referential nature of the most basic of mathemagics, perhaps, we may express the most, irrespective of the language through which we spoke.
Of philosophical logic, holy howl…I feel the need to apologize before even getting started.
(But, before we begin, consider then…
“Nothing matters” is another way to say “everything is meaningful”.
Negation elimination states that anything follows from an absurdity.
What if the proposition, “nothing matters” is meaningful? Logical absurdity.
You have proved meaning by saying “nothing means anything”.
Undercutting the nihilistic philosophy.)
Whether the weather? Yes, symbols can speak to that.
You take a prescription? Well, here is how they speak about you, behind the counter.
While we could get into calculus and statistics, we shall keep it simple, stupid and talk of basic physics.
Yes, many symbols seem the same; but, remember, context is everything.