05.02.2023 Feature Article

Communication as a waste product

Communication as a waste product
05.02.2023 LISTEN

What does not cost anything is worth nothing as a saying goes. There is nothing for free as everything has a price is another wise phrase.

When man lived as Neanderthal in caves language was a problem as signs and noises made needed to have a meaning everyone would be able to understand and respond to. Step by step as man became Homo Sapiens language got a distinct form to help societies to grow and cross borders into other territories. Written language on Papyrus was the next step.

To communicate wishes, commands, instructions, or feelings among locals and citizens became an art form. To avoid misunderstanding and waste of time over long distances words were chosen well. Considering words can be harmful weapons and potentially trigger wars wording reached the highest grade of concern about how best to use it. The art of communication improved even among the poorest of society mainly in the spoken form before seen on paper. Not to be exposed as ignorant or less educated great care and attention were given to the art of communication.

When the phone was invented communication became a concern about the cost of communication alongside the correct form, at which time, words spoken with whom, and in which order. Computers and the internet, Voice over IP, chat rooms, and services like Twitter and WhatsApp changed the art of communication. What is basically for free is communicated freely.

Fake news, baseless insults, and language used by ignorance of the deeper impact are increasingly rampant today. While before Computers and the internet letters were written by hand, sealed, stamped, and taken to the nearest post office or letterbox, a process to think, a process to appreciate human communication.

Twitter and WhatsApp make communication fast and easily accessible at any time. A person can't pick up your call? No problem, send a WhatsApp message even around the world in no time at no cost. Job done! People communicate less direct face-to-face like in the good olden days or call to come along for a chat. Modern easy ways of communication make life faster and more "comfortable" but bring the art of communication to its knees, making it a common practice.

Human communication has become a waste product in the recycling process.