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AROUND THE SQUARE
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010

Blah blah blah.

Yak yak yak.

Yada yada yada.

Etcetera etcetera.

You know what I mean?

I mean, you know?

And like, it was really like, real.

Like, really.

Like, you know?

And so forth.

And so on.

Anyway…

That’s the way of it.

We fill in silence with language.

Sounds.

Words.

Constantly adding and manipulating.

Dissing.

Chilling.

Texting.

Language changes.

Or it dies.

Take "twitter" for instance.

A new word in the lexicon.

Makes me think of Tweety Bird.

"I taht I tah a puddy-tat. I did I did!"

(That’s Early Twitter.)

Then there’s facebook.

Different than a face card.

Or a face lift.

On facebook, you correspond with friends.

But it doesn’t stop there.

You communicate with strangers too.

From all over the world.

Like having a pen pal.

Only fast forward.

More interactive.

More immediate.

And just plain more.

Make new friends in minutes.

Even seconds.

Even though you’ll never meet them in person.

One friend put it this way: "None of us knows each other but apparently we’re all very close."

People even list how many facebook friends they have.

Sort of a high-tech popularity contest.

Could be dozens.

Or in the hundreds.

Let’s face it.

Facebook, text, and twitter are new verbs.

They’re here to stay.

So is staying in touch.

Some things never change.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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