June 23, 2011

Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while.

One of the best "telephone scenes" on film (Before Sunrise)
Speaking of phone conversations (and therefore telephones and therefore cellphones and therefore modern communication enabling technologies,) I unearthed this entry from my previous blog and would like to re-share it. Originally written on June 2, 2006, most of the original blog entry is still quite current. Most. I edited some things here and there, too.


"Modern communication enabling technologies will only heighten your sense of desolation by making you more keenly aware of the fact that no one is trying to call." -WKW

He's really a genius, that Kar-wai. It's funny in a painful kind of way because there's truth in it. How many times have you heard a person say "Ay. Walang nagmamahal sakin" when he/she checks his/her cell and sees that there are no messages or missed calls?

While we're on the subject, let's take a look at texting. I myself have fallen victim at times to its codes. I used to get all paranoid about a lack of punctuation or a smiley face. How sad. It's annoying how a "u" with an umlaut (I don't know the ASCII code for this) or just the presence of a period can mean the difference between "everything's fine and dandy" and "something's wrong." Can't it just be that we're being grammatically correct? (Oh, don't even get me started on how texting has slowly deteriorated the literacy of its users, especially the younger ones. I did a whole paper on that back in college.)

Sometimes, I have half a mind to throw the concept of having a cellphone out the window. The feeling usually doesn't last very long.

Plus, it's sad to think that the very device that's supposed to promote and enable communication can also be the exact device to bring people apart. Tsk. 

Two words, people. GEN LOSS. (Well, one is an abbreviation, but still.)

Except for the literacy deterioration part, I really don't feel that strongly about texting or cellphones anymore. I think I've learned to develop a way of understanding how certain people text or communicate. Either that or I just learned not to care.

Now while we're on the topic, enjoy this delicious cover of Telephone by Pomplamoose:

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