It’s true. Sociologists and semioticians alike have been telling us for years that we are turning into a post-literate society. Examples abound and the trend is inexorable. From emoticons to WALK/DON’T WALK pictographs to the Hansel & Gretel-style follow-me-stickers in public institutions, they’re literally unavoidable.
I know, it’s ironic that I should be writing about this in a blog. And yes, I’m aware that blogs are on the rise; on WordPress alone there are, at latest count, 3,290,979 blogs with 109,974 new posts today (at 3:24PM EDT,GMT-4). Sounds impressive, but the truth is that traditional, old-fashioned blogs are on the way out. A growing proportion of those aforementioned blogs and posts are photoblogs and photoposts; 41.27699483% according to the most recent calculations. And soon these in turn will no doubt be replaced by scribbleblogs and etch-a-posts. Ha, ha. Laugh now while you can.
I for one, though late to blogging, am not keen on being behind the crest of this trend. Consequently, I am putting myself on a strict regimen to reduce my literacy calorie intake and production. It may incur some short-term sacrifices such as losing my job and getting lost more often than I already do, but it’s always the way with those at the vanguard; we are doomed to be misunderstood by our immediate contemporaries. Genius is only recognized belatedly. No pain, no gain!
My first exercise is to replace my current word-heavy shopping list with a more intuitive, graphical version. You can click on the cart to see it.