Dear Friends - My blog, like many of yours is a place to share art, creativity, the world around us, happy events or daily events of family life, adventures, hopes, and dreams.
My blog rarely addresses, in a direct way, my deepest felt values and beliefs. Nevertheless, just by expressing the things that are meaningful to me, it becomes clear about who I am. Many of you share my beliefs; others of you don't but are respectful which is all that any of us should expect of each other. A few readers have left with hateful words. I can't change that. It happens.
I've always been a lover of words and how they are used; how they express things. In the emerging time of what is politically correct, I noticed that word usage started to lead to confusion and actually, when put all together, said absolutely nothing.
Then I noticed that speaking your mind got push back. My earliest memory of push back was before blogs provided a stage for everyone. It even pre-dates the grand daddy of social media - My Space.
Then I started noticing that words' meanings were actually changing. The words Catholic and conservative used to say a lot about me in a meaningful way. Now they are almost meaningless which, in a strange and twisted way, sort of falls in line with my feelings about using labels to describe a person.
But labels do have their uses. Using labels gives you a starting point to discern important information about an individual. The problem is that the meaning of certain words (through usage) have changed so much, that you really can't rely on labels to tell you anything useful or truthful.
Because what a word means through usage has changed so much, clarity has been sacrificed. If there is no clarity, than communication is rendered meaningless. On the heels of that last insight, I found myself narrowing my own focus on what I read and consider meaningful. So when I ran across this article on words, media and meaning, I had to stop and take a look. Matthew Archbold has perfectly expressed all of my own impression about the very words that I have found to be sacrificed on the altar of verbal misdirection. I hope you will take a moment.
8 Words The Media Made Meaningless
by Matthew Archbold Thursday, May 16, 2013