An Economy of Words

The Economy of Words and the Economics of Words

Thrift and Word Value Regarding the Art of Communication in the Modern Age of Digital Information; Sort Of.

The Economy of Words: The art of communication using all symbolic measures afforded by digital paper. Or, how to communicate effectively, and with thrift… despite the tyranny of the terms.

After-all: Too many words; not great. Speaking that way could take centuries.

Luckily, you can speak in-between words (lots of tricks to learn). Probably something to do with how we make connections. It is fill-in-the blanks; mad-libs… but you’ll see, this is part of the problem!

Like Chomsky (“it’s complicated“). As alas, it’s easier to sow doubt than prove fact.

Noam Chomsky on Language Acquisition. Empirically speaking, I haven’t the foggiest mate. Virtual simulation maybe? Still, some things we do know… and ultimately, everything is either true or it isn’t, and we can show this using math.

So then, better learn how to use the economy of words. Hard to compete with cat videos.

A free-market seems to create chaos, seems a little more sentiment than moral at times, but state censorship is worse.

But, short isn’t always complete.

Grr, paradox, grr, duality…hmmm… maybe some more cat pics?

Oh, wait, links (can be paired with bullet-points and used to convey complex ideas and arguments in lieu of writing Tomes; links as a communication tool, that should be a page).

That (linkshow, or how, enlightened) is a new technology… in ways, it is THE new technology be it a blog post, news flash, comment, text, tip, or Tweet… or even a “see full documentary” below, bookmarked for later.

The new propagandist doesn’t have the focused message or resources of big toothpaste, eggs, or aluminum; not government backed, well at least not directly, see also “the history of the internet and Silicon Valley“… but hey, speaking of team efforts between capital, government, and citizen, with 320 million+ hands on deck, and a divisive left-right political environment, what could go wrong?

The Century of the Self (Full Documentary). How does this relate back to Plato’s theory of how democracy becomes tyranny? Is all freely speaking in consumable bite sizes not the most democratic? Where is the block chain? How can we ensure truth?

Yet, even this arthouse version of the concept doesn’t fit in a Tweet. 154 is a strict economy, but it is no Marx.

So then, The Economy of Words: The art of communication using all symbolic measures afforded by digital paper (although I wonder if repeating concepts is all that useful?).

Words are free, the thrift is in communication value. Information can take many symbols, so thrift here is an art, counterfeit information can take few, that is a dark art though. Broadly, some symbols speak volumes 🙂 … but specifics are another matter.

Still, only one set of facts. The rest is opinion. Good information is facts with fairly presented differing viewpoints. We don’t tell one what to think, we present the facts and they speak for themselves.

So said The Duchess of Atholl Speech on the BBC, 1933.

The Duchess of Atholl Speech on the BBC, 1933

That said, framing, bubbles, bias, perception, projection, allegiance, change, resistance, and adaptation. Federalist #10, special interest.

Given the above. The separation of powers is a good principle for a “beautiful city” that respects the balance of virtue, vice, morality, ethics, and law to which the question “what is justice” speaks.

Cat videos, yes, that is one type of happiness… but what principle was it that allowed for the cat video? That is the one to safeguard.

The tools, with those questions answered, are Rhetoric and the Republic. The art of Rhetoric lays in the economy of words, the art of the Republic, for better or worse, lays in Rhetoric.

Getting the art right, that is arete.

How to use rhetoric to get what you want – Camille A. Langston

In other words, above i’m speaking semi-cryptically (and light-heartedly; don’t overthink it) in a fractured style similar to Nostradamus’ centuries for fun, because I wanted to define an impossible to define without being ironic and meta concept I call “the economy of words”, which is really just a realization that our ability to communicate complex truisms seems to be much less effective than our ability to communicate emotion and that our ability to think of complex ideas exceeds our ability to communicate them… and that we are now in a digital age where everyone with a phone or computer gets to play propagandist, and that has led to some wacky fake news and such. To be clear, i’m suggesting links and bullet-pointed lists are effective communication tools, that language is symbolic, and the Chomsky’s language theory is probably about as good as his other theories, which is: pretty, pretty, pretty good. Not perfect.


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