“You Are Not Hearing Me!”: Paradoxes of Communication

The human being is defined on a fundamental level by his Intelligence and Mind which is manifested most clearly by the phenomenon of speech and language. Nomadic Ancient societies, particularly Semites, were orally focused and those with the talents of speech, particularly poetry, held high status and influence. With the shift to sedentary society came the development of agriculture,writing, and the urban city.  Writing became an indispensable tool both in intellectual and practical pursuits. Laws could formally codified and written thus establishing the order and rule of law necessary for social stability, which was especially useful for effectively dealing with the large populations forming in cities. The writer therefore surpassed the orator, although often the two talents merged together as was the case of Cicero and St. Bernard of Clairvaux. The writers and scribes became essential figures in the Middle Ages and were greatly valued both by the Sacred and Profane authorities in Europe as has been explored excellently int he following book: https://www.amazon.ca/Book-Bibles-Stephan-F%C3%BCssel/dp/3836559137.

The next shift came with the emergence of the Gutenberg printing press  in the 15th century which now expanded the audience a work of writing could reach and the speed at which it could be produced. Handwriting of books took immense labor and time  and the printing press became the ideal solution to this logistical issue. The printing press remained in large scale until the advent of the Internet in the late 20th century and radically changed the world. The Digital Age has provided global reach and accessibility to information and a plethora of avenues including Social Media, Video Sharing, Websites, and Blogs such as this. There has never been such multitude of means of communication and potential audiences.

However, despite this availability of vast means of communication we have been presented with an interesting paradox which has manifested itself in the current volatile global climate which was  kicked off of with the election of Donald Trump in the 2016 US Elections. There is a increasing lack of understanding and discernment despite the fact that we have more avenues than ever before. How could we become more and more incapable of dialogue and understanding  despite the increasing number of methods of communication? This will lay out the context and frame work for part 2 of this work which will explore the nature of dialogue and understanding and its relationship to methods of communication.

Al Goldstein: A Cautionary Tale

My recent completion of ‘I Goldstein: My Screwed Life’ offered an interesting glimpse into the world of the American pornography industry and its founding father Al Goldstein. It is difficult to recognize and appreciate the cataclysmic changes Goldstein’s life brought in America partly because we are situated in a post-porn world and have become desensitized to the phenomenon of pornography. However, what is left out of the picture is the fallout of Goldsteins porn career and the consequences of his worldview and lifestyle. Goldstein is shockingly frank and honest as he reflects upon his life in his later years and asks himself the existentially painful question “How the hell did I get here?”. Since a single post is inadequate in addressing the totality of his biography we will be making multiple posts in the near future to flesh out passages and themes of interest directly from the book. This will certainly prove to be a amusing task in comprehending one of the most lively mavericks of the 20th century and sexual revolutionary par excellence.

Reading List

Reading is a time consuming and laborious activity which may explain its noticeable decline in the culture at large in favor of information delivered instantaneously through the Internet, particularly social social media platforms and video services such as Youtube. Regardless, reading is an exceptionally rewarding and fulfilling activity when one has the self-discipline and patience to pursue it. Here is a short list of some books recently finished and on the burner. The list will certainly change as new books are discovered. Links will be provided for those who may want to pursue these books. Future posts on some of these books will eventually be provided as well.

  1. An Arab-Syrian Gentlemen and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades: Memoirs of Usama ibn Munqidh (https://www.amazon.ca/Arab-Syrian-Gentleman-Warrior-Period-Crusades/dp/0231121253)
  2. Prometheus Rebound: The Irony of Atheism (https://www.amazon.ca/Prometheus-Rebound-Joseph-C-McLelland/dp/088920974X)
  3. The Book of Miracles (https://www.amazon.ca/Book-Miracles-2nd-Till-Holger-Borchert/dp/3836564149/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509990514&sr=1-1&keywords=the+book+of+miracles)
  4. I Goldstein: My Screwed Up Life (https://www.amazon.ca/I-Goldstein-My-Screwed-Life/dp/1560258683/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509990561&sr=1-1&keywords=i+goldstein)