Friday, June 02, 2006

"Modern communication enabling technologies will only heighten your sense of desolation by making you more keenly aware of the fact that no one is trying to call." -WKW

He's really a genius, that Kar-wai. It's funny in a painful kind of way because there's truth in it. How many times have you heard a person say "Ay. Walang nagmamahal sakin" when he/she checks his/her cell and sees that there are no messages or missed calls?

While we're on the subject, let's take a look at texting. I myself have fallen victim at times to its codes. I can get all paranoid about a lack of punctuation or a smiley face. How sad. It's annoying how a "u" with an umlaut (I don't know the ASCII code for this) or even a period can mean the difference between "Everything's fine and dandy" and "There's something wrong." Can't it just be that we're being grammatically correct? (Oh, don't even get me started on how texting has slowly deteriorated the literacy of its users, especially the younger ones. I did a whole paper on that back in college.)

Sometimes, I have half a mind to throw the concept of having a cellphone out the window. It just gets us into trouble.

Plus, it's sad to think that the very device that's supposed to promote and enable communication can also be the exact device to bring people apart. Tsk.

Sing with me now.

...and isn't it ironic? Don't you think?

17 Comments:

Blogger pilipipino said...

i'm proud that i do not use shortcuts in my messages 90% of the time.haha

see you on monday,miss!:)

koko

6/03/2006 12:12 AM  
Anonymous Nicola said...

sorry miss. this doesn't have anything to do with your post. i'm just really happy that i'm officially your "daughter."

looking forward to a great school year miss platon! see you on monday! :D

6/03/2006 12:29 AM  
Blogger Geli said...

...It's like rain on your wedding day. It's a free ride when you've already paid. It's a good advice that you just didn't take. :)

I haven't been one of your students since Mrs Ben handled us last year, so I'm really looking forward with a new English teacher. :)

ü - Alt 0252

Haha! :D

6/03/2006 6:04 AM  
Blogger j jo said...

koko: Oh, that's more than enough. Good, good :)

nicola: Aww.. Same here. I'm really excited about this new school year with all of you :)

geli: I'm looking forward as well to meeting all you new faces. ü <-- thanks!

See you all on Monday!

6/03/2006 2:50 PM  
Blogger danica patricia said...

Almost everything in this world is ironic miss plats! :) goodluck! :) i'll miss you and your teachings miss :) advance ;)

6/03/2006 7:52 PM  
Blogger nicki said...

hahah, that last phrase made me sing... :)

i am actually not fond of texting lyk dis. i find myself saying "haaah? ano ibig sabihin ng *insert some weird looking text*???" on some text i can't understand because it's been abbreviated or "txt"-d real bad. hah, and i love mocking texts like "kmusta na u?" and "gutom na me".

and yeah that's why the T9/English dictionary of my cellphone really works for me. :)

have you tried it?

6/04/2006 2:37 AM  
Blogger twisted, devious and gifted. said...

ako din po, parang si koko, 90% of the time, no shortcuts. the character limit's the culprit...
tsktsk...

aaay miss. i'll miss English periods and Hamlet discussions. :((

cry cry.

6/05/2006 3:21 AM  
Anonymous Toni said...

Oh my gosh, you should've watched "Subtext," this Palanca-award winning play. It runs along the same topic -- how communication can make or break our ties. Texting was covered. Galing galing. If it runs again you should see it with R. :) Abanagan mo sa clickthecity.com. Tapos if you're going let me know kasi I want to watch it again!

6/05/2006 6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AnO Q bA MiSs PlAtOn!?!?!

AnOnG MaSaMa D2?!?!

sheesh... weird people of the world...

(o diba... anonymous na ang comments ko. hahaha!)

-the president

6/07/2006 6:36 AM  
Anonymous patty said...

and who would've thought, it figures. hi miss. :)

6/11/2006 4:07 AM  
Anonymous Wilma said...

easier way of doing "ü".. ALT129 ü

6/12/2006 5:01 AM  
Blogger j jo said...

Danica: Oh, I sure hope not. Haha. Thanks for the greeting :)

Nicki: Oh yes. That T9/Dictionary option is a huge help! Saves me a lot of time texting. Sadly, it doesn't save space, though. :/

Therese: The character culprit - 'Ay, there's the rub..." Awww.. I'll miss sessions with your batch, too :) Don't worry, though. There are lot of great classes up ahead for you guys in your senior year :)

Toni: Sige, sige! Tamang-tama. I've been wanting to watch a play or a concert or any form of performance art for the longest time. :)

El Presidente: Anonymous ka diyan! Haha :)

Patty: Hello hello :)

Wilma: Thanks dear ü

6/17/2006 1:37 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

While we're on the subject, let's take a look at texting. I myself have fallen victim at times to its codes. I can get all paranoid about a lack of punctuation or a smiley face. How sad. It's annoying how a "u" with an umlaut (I don't know the ASCII code for this) or even a period can mean the difference between "Everything's fine and dandy" and "There's something wrong." Can't it just be that we're being grammatically correct? (Oh, don't even get me started on how texting has slowly deteriorated the literacy of its users, especially the younger ones. I did a whole paper on that back in college.)

Sometimes, I have half a mind to throw the concept of having a cellphone out the window. It just gets us into trouble.

Plus, it's sad to think that the very device that's supposed to promote and enable communication can also be the exact device to bring people apart. Tsk.

9/02/2006 5:57 AM  
Anonymous melissa said...

oops.. nakalimutan ko isulat comment ko. miss, you're definitely a media awareness teacher!

9/02/2006 5:59 AM  
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