Gone are the days when we defined generations by differences in age and fashion tastes.
Generations in and of themselves have become a fashion trend. Their numbers have been skyrocketing in recent years. The more of them, the more idiotic demands they make.
We used to have, for example, Snowflakes. These were people easily offended by basic facts of life. Demography and sociology experts (people who have nothing better or useful to do with their time than analyse these unusual things) define the Snowflakes as “people who have an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or are overly-emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with opposing opinions.”
Meanwhile, we had Millennials, Generation X, and now we have Generation Z.
Gen Z for short, say the demographers and sociologists, are “the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha. Researchers and popular media use the mid-to-late 1990s as starting birth years and the early 2010s as ending birth years. Most members of Generation Z are the children of Generation X and sometimes Millennials.”
Here’s the issue: if these generations involved just battles between scientists about what to name whom, and if taxpayer money wasn’t involved, it would be fodder for humour pages and stand-up comedians.
But it’s not.
Generation Z members demand that we change our basic grammar rules. Their first objective: remove full stops.
Why? Because ending a sentence with a period (or a full stop, whichever way you wish to call that dot) is a sign of ‘aggression.’ In fact, some linguists claim (on behalf of Generation Z, obviously) that using a full stop, a.k.a. period, to end a sentence signifies an abrupt or angry tone of voice.
Those same linguists who, clearly, have nothing better to do, claim that the so-called emojis are a much sensible way to communicate with one another. Their proof: the generation that has been raised with cell phone in hand feels so.
Look, they say, nobody communicates in more than one sentence at a time anymore. You write a sentence, usually consisting of all kinds of abbreviations and graphic expressions, a.k.a. emojis, hit the send button and go on to write another message, usually to somebody else.
Shorthand? Or illiteracy?
For the few uninitiated among us: emoji is a Japanese word: 絵文字(えもじ). Experts define them as ideograms used in electronic messages and web pages. You can find all kinds of would-be official dictionaries explaining their various genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, animals, and whatnot.
In fact, members of Gen Z require no knowledge of language whatsoever. They can (and often do) make themselves understood through emojis and a few abbreviations, without using a single word.
There exist some academics who say that today’s young people are hyper-sensitive. Therefore, they say, the full stop requires a really fundamental revision.
Here’s something to chew on after you’ve stopped laughing (or crying, your choice): Binghamton University wasted a ton of New York state taxpayer money (it is a public institution) to research, write and publish a study that found (verbatim): college students perceive text messages ending in a full stop as being “less sincere” than those without one.
Generation Snowflake is melting away when compared to this idiocy.
It would be perfectly hilarious and exceedingly funny, until we realize that these young people will sooner or later have to face real world.
It is no stretch to observe that all of this has serious links to the terrorists of Antifa and Black Lives Matter ilk.
When Rutgers University professors in New Jersey dare claim with all seriousness that grammar is a relic of bad old colonialism, it ought to sound an alarm in all of us.
When the Seattle University crowd begins insisting that the concept of teaching should be banned altogether, it’s about time to detect a sinister trend, instead of just smiling benevolently and saying, oh, all of this shall pass.
Stop telling kids that two plus two equals four. Why? Because math has been used to “marginalize people of colour” (their words, not mine).
Don’t look for any reasons, explanations, or, Mother Nature forbid, proof from these so-called scientists.
After all, so far as the University of Washington is concerned, perfect spelling is pure nonsense, as there exists no inherent ‘standard’ of English.
So, why should we insist on academic standards of peer testing? Especially given that many of these quasi-scientists’ peers are as stupid as those whom they would be testing.
This state of things is called illiteracy mixed in with arrogance. A frightfully dangerous concoction.
If you detect George Orwell’s Newspeak in all this, you’re not too far off the mark.