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Jtube: Typograhy

Jtube: Typograhy

Do you think our youth speak with enough conviction?

by Taylor Mali

Published: October 3, 2010

Do you think our youth speak with enough conviction?

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Visitor Comments: 13

(12) Shosh, October 29, 2010 4:29 AM

cute, but

like, I hated the canned laughter and applause. Woulda been better withought it, yaknow?

sam, May 9, 2011 5:51 AM

Its not canned! You can watch him perform live and the crowd is genuine

(11) Gunnar Swanson, October 9, 2010 9:13 PM

If we're defending traditional tonal patterns in speech, why not step up for traditional punctuation? Is an actual apostrophe rather than a typewriter a tick mark in its place really too much to ask?

(10) sARA, October 7, 2010 5:37 PM

So true!

But how do we stop?? We grew up speaking like this! It would be nice for english teachers to have a class on this, and show us this video because I had to watch this several times untill I nderstood what he was trying to say because I was so used to hearing this way of speach!

(9) Anonymous, October 6, 2010 10:32 PM

The truth is complex.

First, excellent point. But the truth is complex, so I am going to say "however," "but," and "on the other hand" a lot, but this does not mean that I think it wise to treat all opinions presented as equally valid. On the one hand, postmodernism created kind of an ontological crisis in the humanities and US culture in general. I find myself increasingly defending truth as correspondence in a public discourse that seems to be completely bereft of truth standards right now. Think of the news roundtable-- all views are treated as equally valid, even if they are obviously absurd, the assumption being that the truth must be in between (of course, editors select which views to include, which means...) I despise the term "politically correct," but I also despise the way "wrong" has become a dirty word. --------- On the other hand, the social sciences, especially anthropology, have made great progress by acknowledging the limitations of the truth standards they use, and we need to acknowledge that truth-as-correspondence is not the only epistemology, nor is it the only one that ever yields anything useful. Also, I think it would be a mistake to reduce the current ontological crisis to linguistic hedging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYQb0fthNfI&feature=related Harvey is no young hipster and he's hardly ashamed of his intellect or short on conviction. Conviction is important, but it is also important to remember that oversimplification can be worse than excessive relativism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-23kmhc3P8U. A bias for certainty lends itself to reductionism. I find myself increasingly frustrated by what I call "Twitter discourse," & the assumption that anything worth saying can be said in 170 characters or less. I don't twitter at all-- 170 characters don't leave room for honest analysis. I hate to remove qualifiers not because they are weak, but because they do not fit. I'm out of space, which I think underscores my point.

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