Seems to me that Mr. Bly may have read a few LOL's and ROTHLMAO, and a/s/l on the computer screen.
Electronic media (visually enhanced, that is) has been usurping the power of the spoken and written word since its inception. In times before radio, an average speech easily ranged from 45 minutes to three hours. The rhetoric of these speeches was wonderful and kept the audience spellbound (usually) through their entirety.
The depths of meaning is public speech was astoundingly complex and the masses, for the most part, understood and appreciated it. A good speech would often be disected in public houses, trading posts and other convient places for meeting and talking... Newspapers served to spread these words farther and faster, telegraph and then radio had the same effect.
TV, put a rather sudden stop to speech of old... within the span of 60 or so years, the length of the average speech plummeted, the depth of meaning likewise followed suit, and now days, anything written or spoken that lasts for more that two minutes is quickly forgotten or merely dismissed... the visual has superceded the oral, and the brain has seemed to lost its ability to comprehend.
Oh my... it seems that I am rambling once again... what was the question?
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