The Communication Age may very well be the death of us all. Here's my issue. A large portion of human communication is done not through words but through tone and rhythm. This is not adequately conveyed through written text unless one is a skilled writer and takes the time to establish tone. Emoticons are not sufficient. But it goes beyond that. Human communication also relies on context. Single words have little meaning on their own. Observe a lot of the most tedious and absurd arguments that go on in this forum... Many involve ongoing conflict over the meanings of words, insane dissections of sentences that remove all context. Is it a cynical device to overlook the obvious meaning? I don't think so. I think the Communication Age is training people to look at language in a cold, bloodless manner, one that involves consulting the dictionary due to the inability to put together multiple thoughts into a full concept that may shift from cold meaning to dictionary definitions. It's a combination of the "know it all" mentality that arises from being able to look up information in seconds (whether applicable and reliable or not) and the natural reaction to a majority of communication being text-based. Of course also consider that most information looked up in seconds is summarized or isolated from full context. It doesn't help that most of the "information suppliers" of this Brave New Text World are not the kinds of writers who can convey tone or context. Most, it seems, are barely literate. The Communication Age is not really bringing people together. It is isolating people in their own abstract universes. Language has gone from being a way to communicate with others to a way to rationalize ideas to oneself. Yes, I know this is a rant. However, after watching this forum over the last 4 or 5 months become a location to attack fellow members (supporting and not supporting) over trivial and unsubstantiated ideas that differ from thiers to even attacking over spelling errors. It is juvenile at best. Thank you all for the opportunaty to engage over the last 1/2 year. Best regards, MrKimber.