Many decades have elapsed from the mid twentieth century, when families huddled around the radio, eagerly awaiting various stories of adventure, drama, mystery and romance. Gathered close, ears pricked, they listened closely as a narrator related such cohesive tales with a captivating eloquence obtained through years of experience.
Where has this past time of listening went? In today’s society revolving around the importance of posting superfluous information to any social networking site, the listening is fading fast. To many people hunch over their beloved smart phones, tablets, and laptops posting updates; often of menial and extraneous information. Ever connected, yet they lose touch with the ability to listen attentively as others relate their own tales of daring adventures, turbulent travels, or touching tales of times past. The acquired listening is slipping away, through careless fingers hastily tapping away at the latest technological device. With it, the knack for captivating audiences across wide demographics with enticing tales fades as well.
Replacing such a refined skill is none other than a post, an update, or a tweet which must be less than 120 characters long. While this can be used as a tool to combat a rambling wordiness; it steals from detail, emotion, and imagery that set great stories apart. It can turn a story into a sentence, a poem into a phrase. No longer praising originality and creativity, it paves the way for the repetition of mundane clichés. However, it is not my intention to condemn social networking, but I urge those who sent texts and tweets to elaborate their stories, and if there is not a story that can be elaborated upon, make one that can. Exchange those stories with vigor and pride, and apply similar disciplines when listening to the stories that others may share with you.