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The Decline Of Modern Communication, Not Such A Modern Problem

Today’s comic from XKCD, one of my favorite comic strips on the web, puts into perspective the “modern” debate about the alleged decline of communication in the digital age.

It’s amusing, when you actually look at what historically has been written on this topic, to think that these communication crises — the poor writing skills, lack of reading habits, decline of newspapers — were brought on by texting, Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, YouTube, The Internet, etc. etc. etc. When really, based on what then-modern thinkers thought of their contemporaries centuries ago, even our 21st Century communication problems prove the axiom “everything old is new again.”

Here’s the link to the XKCD comic “The Pace of Modern Life”, and the full comic strip. Hopefully you find it as entertaining, enlightening and refreshing as I did:

The Pace of Modern Life

Anyone else have examples from the immediate past century they want to add in the comments? Something tells me our always-on communication has left a trail of equally interesting snippets bemoaning the pace of modern life from people we no longer consider modern.

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