Has the Mighty Pen fallen onto the Sword?
For quite sometime now, I have wanted to start writing publicly. Call it a blog, an opinion column, what ever the label, a platform to engage followers. I do not want to bore readers with iterations and recitations of daily news and gossip or personal rants and raves. I had a thought, a solution to my dilemma. Why not ‘publish’ a post asking my Network for their opinion. Would you read my posts assuming they were worthy of your time? Granted, without prior exposure, it might be unreasonable to ask of you whether you would consider doing so. With that begs another question. Should I even rely on my Networks’ opinion as to whether my ideas should be penned to paper, or the keyboard rather? While some would likely argue not, especially those already inclined to press opinions, I would prefer to not inundate followers with rhetoric that would fall upon deff ears. Being completely honest though, regardless of result, I will likely follow with more posts. Typically one would follow perhaps with an ‘lol’ or other reminder of the need to smile or laugh. This speaks to my point however, that our society has become one where we instruct our audience as to how they should respond instead of taking the time to bring them to our desired result.
I have great respect for the art of writing. I do not claim any special abilities nor quite frankly even the title of one as an amateur. Yet, the romantic in me fears that in this ‘social media machine’ that we live in as we ‘advance’ we will in fact regress. Take a moment and imagine driving to an unknown location without your iPhone or Android. There was a time not long ago where a navigation system was optional equipment found only in luxury cars ( Sony develops an in car navigation system ), yet in most of my networks’ lifetimes we used maps to find our way. Could you picture yourself doing so today? I would suggest a challenge, just one day without GoogleMaps.
Today we debate laws and the social responsibility of self-driving Google cars when the concept was merely a fantasy just 25 years prior ( Tokyo Auto Show ). Amazon last year proposed local deliveries using drones, and many cars now have the option to self-parallel park or brake for you should you ‘forget’ or otherwise be distracted, perhaps checking updates on social media.
Why do I digress? As we ‘evolve’ into a society of quips, tweets, and posts, I fear loss of the art of communication, that ability to draw one’s attention not only by content but method and style. We have become a people pressed for time yet rushing to fill moments with random information having quite possibly lost appreciation for the process. When was the last time you sent someone a postcard?
I would like to start writing in the hopes that I can develop and retain the ability to grab one’s attention, even if just for a few minutes, not only to provide my audience with information or debate, or to educate and express, but as well to remind and revive the mind. In my former days with the Government, I very much enjoyed speaking publicly to educate agents, investigators and attorneys in then the art of source recruitment and cultural diversity. The ability to engage an audience gives one a power, that surge of endorphins giving rise to a sensation of excitement. Admittedly, I hope to achieve that same result here.
As technology continues to advance at exponential rates, tasks once requiring mental acuity or problem solving are rapidly being replaced by automation, shortcuts, and YouTube videos. Access to information is a gift, a great benefit of advancement. I will be the first to admit the Internet has on more than one occasion equipped me with ‘how-to’ repair knowledge otherwise left in the hands of experts. I merely suggest we take mental note that as certain responsibilities are taken away by default of advancement that we take an active role to continue to challenge our minds in other ways. I believe the onus is on us to challenge the mind where once daily function itself demanded that higher-level processing, so as not to lose our competitive edge. I fear a society where the individual who was once a researcher and investigator will one day become just a voyeur attached to a hard-drive. That having been said, if you have read this far, I ask … would you like to ‘hear’ from me in future articles?
I sincerely thank you for your time.