Helio-Meson Grappling Device (Operable at Eight Fathoms)” by Richard F. Yates

The thirst for emptiness is a cause of conscious confusion, particularly in the younger populations. Locking on to inconsequential imagery, at the expense of the ideological fulfillment of established semantic associations, as the current generation is wont to do with their initialisms, anagrams, and iconographic communication, can often undermine the fragile ego of the uninitiated citizenry, ergo damaging the conscious projection of the internal organic machinery of the individual, and sometimes this is intentional, causing a combative ingroup/outgroup dynamic, deleterious to a cohesive, cooperative society. Expurgated of symbolic connection, the modern iconographic “emoji” is, therefore, not just an empty gesture, rife with potential for unwanted, unexpected, possibly elemental (in a theosophical sense) infiltration by misinformation and negative emotionality, but perhaps even infested by unexpected genetic and/or biologically based, evolutionary triggers, which can dredge up idiosyncratic, obsessive, ur compulsions in those unfamiliar with the current lexicon, registered by the un/subconscious, primal, motivating mind, and then compelled into the social sphere in insidious, unpredictable (for their very primality), possibly uncontrollable behaviors.

Of that, I’m certain we call all agree.

To counter these troubling possibilities, I recommend a return to the more cogent, established semantic forms of communication, with vocabularies determined over centuries of consensus usage and logical syntactic structural forms, i.e. WRITTEN LANGUAGE. Though Wittgenstein and Derrida both suggest semantic content can be misconstrued and used for deception, the concrete, established meanings of content in established vocabularies and syntactic constructions form a superior platform for meaningful communication than does the inexplicit, non-linguistic based, rapidly modified, non-consensus, iconographic “cartoon” linguistics currently in popular usage, which expresses ingroup and phatic sentiments, but not unifying, engageable content!

Who’s with me???

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)



About richardfyates

Compulsive creator of the bizarre and absurd. (Artist, writer, poet, provocateur...)
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