I’ve just watched an ad for the new iPhone. It’s a sneak peek at communication in the future. No deep thoughts will be appropriate; long, complex sentences, full of nuanced meanings, won’t fit. Everything we want to say to others — or even to ourselves — will be abbreviated into short phrases, single words, pictures, or simplistic symbols. And all we’ll have to do is touch a screen. We’ll become technologically sophisticated cavemen, using our fingers to point to what we mean. The bible, of course, will be perfectly adaptable to this illiterate mode of communication:
Urk, urk, urk. Man hang from cross. See glow? Him good. WWJD? I♥ID. TGIF.Those of us who would rather utilize carefully chosen words to help us construct and convey our rational ideas? IMHO, ROFL all the way to intellectual oblivion.