Those of you who follow my blog know I have mixed feelings about technology. However, last night I realized the most horrific…or is it the most terrific?....effect of technology.
I had a small dinner party and the discussion was varied but always passionate. Guest A said, “It is an outrage that xxx said yyy to zzz.” Guest B began to rebut while Guest C began to defend. But Guest D interrupted all to lift up their head and shout “Just a minute! I have googled what happened and here are the facts!”
OMG. This happens all the time now. No sooner does someone say something than someone else’s thumbs are going full speed ahead to discover and announce “the facts”.
It is the end of poetic license. It is the end of stretching the truth to make a point. It is the end of speaking whatever pops into one’s head.
It is the end of bullsh#t!
Oh no! How can we converse in civilized society without hyperbole, without metaphor, without a slight coloring of the facts for emphasis?
The ubiquitous phone with the ubiquitous internet equal “Just the facts, Ma’am. Just the facts.”
As a story-teller (which is a euphemism, I admit), I proclaim a 30 day mourning period for the end of BS! And I don’t think I will ever find closure. BTW, you know of course what Socrates said? “The only true wisdom is in knowing how to BS.”
Oh jeez….Are you going to google that now?
©2016 Margery Leveen Sher
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