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The Art Of Communication

These days even the common or garden variety landline is a pretty outdated mode of communication. Yet who can forget the sheer awe inspired by first spotting a ‘young urban professional’, or yuppie, wielding that novel, hefty and horrendously pricey piece of technology – the mobile telephone.

Those seem far distant days, but much can happen in 30 years, particularly in terms of technological progress. Although some methods of communication seem to be a constant, their popularity does fade when outshone by glitzy gadgets.

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

While mailing letters or sending telegrams may still be a useful method of communication, it tends to be for the purpose of business correspondence rather than social interaction. Again, the employment of a messenger or carrier tends to be more typical of corporate contact, yet in this day and age we’re talking about messengers mounted on motorbikes, not noble steeds. Equally, pigeon-post tends to be the preserve of enthusiasts and revivalists.

Indigenous Australians used a message stick which was often carried hundreds of kilometres by a mailman to deliver a message which could be deciphered from the dots and angular lines etched onto its surface. It seems the need for man to communicate has always been paramount.

This need may stem from practical matters or from the desire to interact on a social level. Human beings are social creatures but the debate often rages as to whether modern technology is eroding contact with our contemporaries.

The Digital Age

In a world where distance is no longer the disruptive element it used to be, is there really a need to communicate electronically to the extent that we do? How many people lament receiving an email from a colleague who sits within spitting distance? Perhaps using technology to this extent is merely a sign of our times and reflects that we don’t place much faith in the spoken word beyond it being an indicator of suppressed sociability?

The Symbian smartphone with its accompanying Nokia accessories enables the user to communicate simultaneously with an array of acquaintances. Yet do you feel side-lined when your friend interrupts your face-to-face chat to constantly check for messages from other mates?

On many levels being able to communicate with others in real time whatever their location is an argument for our success as social creatures. Yet can such technology ever achieve the levels of intimacy and expression afforded by human contact?


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