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.”