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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Literal Illiteracy

Some say that you are illiterate if you can't use today's devices and gadgets. If you don't have a smartphone, your stupid; if you don't use social media, your antisocial; and if you can't use a computer, you're a Stone-Age relic.

For some reason, these things have come to mean a lot to us. The most important thing in life for many people is Facebook. Or their phone. Or their laptop. Once, my laptop got stolen, and I was amused by the question that I was first asked with considerable consideration: "Was there any important data on you laptop?" The answer I gave humorously was "some anime." The real answer to that question, however, is NO. I do not believe that anyone has any piece of information without which they can't continue their life normally. (There is, of course, the exception of people who actually do actual work  on their computers; but losing the device itself is a long-overcome "problem" since the advent of clouds.)

 If you don't have a Facebook profile, I salute you! I respect the old-fashioned way of living, and I'd like to return to it right now. By old-fashioned  I don't mean nineteenth- or early-twentieth-century life: I'm talking about life no more than a decade ago. I won't claim to have been an outgoing child--although I did play with friends outside and did make many friends and I even sometimes read!--but I didn't have an internet connection or a smartphone.  Prepare for a cliché: Kids/Everyone these days has some electronic gadget. Some schools even adopt some "modern" methods of teaching/learning that incorporate the use of "tablets" in their curriculum. I respectfully disagree with, and disapprove of, these methods. There is nothing that works like reading and writing to promote learning and development. I really feel that these gadgets' role in learning is probably detrimental. How many people do you know that use the internet but still can't write well? How well can most of us actually spell?

Should we expect the next generations to be stupider than we are? Are we getting stupider every day? If language is the way we learn things, isn't "technology" putting an end to learning by apparently killing language?

I think that if using the instruments of the century is indeed mandatory, it should not be at an early age. I find that language is dying really quickly, and, along with it, much of our identity. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


My compositional apparatus isn't working anymore, it seems. Either that or I'm not able to operate it as I used to. (These past two sentences prove that. Somehow.) I'm a bit busy these days: studying, going to school, sleeping... etc. I don't even have enough time for reading, let alone writing. I have nothing to write about, in any case. (Just history, human rights, linguistics, humor, and other trivial matters.)

I don't know why I've made this post, but I'm glad I did. OK, I'm not glad.
By the way, although I haven't blogged for a while, there seem to be people who view/read my blog every day. Who are you guys? Thank you!