The Case Against Online Social Networking/Text Messaging

I can’t think of a bigger threat to the dignity of means of communication than text messaging and online social networks such as Myspace and Facebook. There are several problems that I’d like to address. The first one is the fact that these forums limit the effectiveness of communication by virtue of the standards of language used within them. The second is the idea that text-messaging and to an extent, e-mailing through online social networks, is a passive-aggressive form of communication, rather than an assertive form of communication. The third involves the landscape of our public discourse being reduced to even more trivial content. Like Neil Postman says in his book, Amusing Ourselves To Death, and I paraphrase, as technology increases in the field of media, the object of communicating information tends to focus more on moving the information at a quicker speed, and thus conversely neglects the quality, coherence and relevance of the information. The result of this appears to be a culture with a type of disjointed, almost insane collective consciousness that I think might result in the collapse of higher thinking (being a generality).

Postman says in his book that literature