posted on Jan, 20 2017 @ 02:02 AM
a reply to: HarumphHarumph
My best teacher in high school was a man I had for Senior Literature. Besides having us read the classics of Western literature, he also guided us in
how to write papers, papers that we would need to be able to write if we went on to college. In papers, he had a pet peeve.
This was the use of clichés. Hackneyed phrases and slogans that people throw around in daily use. He said what you just said. That by doing that,
using clichés was not just a shortcut to thinking but more, that they actually stopped ones ability to develop critical thought processes and would
stymie our minds to a degree that we would not be able to be fully functioning adults. That was 1965.
Over the years I have seen more and more of the sloganeering. Advertising flourished with slogans so that consumers would not think like adults but
rather like children. Politicians use them to get us to vote for them.
As TV time became more and more costly, the time allowed for information dispersal became shorter and shorter and the birth of the sound byte became
necessary to sum up quickly to allow for more commercial time.
I think what we are seeing today is a result. People gather collections of these sound bytes, these slogans and just pop them out when given the
chance. We can see this here all the time. It's predictable in so many threads, the same slogans come up time after time you can almost count them on
your fingers. Like the ticking of a clock.