Jan 182011

Unnecessarily convoluted language?

I am aware that some/many/all of the blog entries include a style of writing that many feel unnecessarily verbose in a pseudo-intellectual way. It is this important or even intentional? Well it depends on the reader to an extent. For myself, it certainly feels necessary at the time of writing, although, even in that moment, I have been aware of an internal conflict between writing for myself and writing for my notion of your expectations. I expect this  conflict will be progressively eradicated, or at least better accommodated, as I ‘find my voice’ in the ‘blogosphere’. Even the inverted commas in the previous sentence are an expression of this aforementioned conflict between authenticity and adherence to a semi-consciously contrived social expectation; i.e. ‘find my voice’ feels like a bit of a clichĂ© so I hesitate, by using inverted commas, to use it even though I am fairly convinced that it does represent my exact intended meaning.

Introducing meta-communication

I expect I’ll write a dedicated entry to explain this, but for now: meta-communication refers to communication about communication. This can have a very powerful effect when used appropriately; an anecdotal case-in-point: notice/recall/imagine how a joke ceases to be funny if the punch-line is followed by an explanation of why it is/was funny.

Back to the language issue, briefly

I find that if I summarise or reduce language to a more concise form, something is necessarily lost, no more or less than something is necessarily gained. I will position myself along this spectrum depending on how I feel in that moment. Verbosity can point to the meaning between, beneath and beyond the words. Concision can lose this triangulation effect, but gain directness/bluntness/immediacy. Then of course there is the aphorismic sort of language – I value this very much and will perhaps find myself using it here. The most profound insights have always tended to be recorded as aphorisms in my paper journal, where as emails and perhaps blog entries lend themselves more to inane ramblings…