unit 2 post

Prompt 1:

People tend to bullshit a conversation when they solely intend on obtaining some sort of personal gain and refuse to look stupid or like they don’t know what they are talking about. We do it everyday. However, in order to reduce the amount of bullshit in discourse, one must look past the point of being correct, and accept the fact that the only way one will gain respect concerning their work or speech is when it comes from the truth. Generally, not everyone in society is concerned with being honest all the time. This is how the concept of bullshitting grows. If the person who is unconcerned does not care about the truth, he/she will act in a way that is unlawful. There will always be people like this in society. Not everyone likes to hold a level of respect for the truth, and that will never change. It is up to the people who genuinely care about the truth to change people’s minds. In order to get people to care about the truth, one must educate them on how telling the truth and admitting to your mistakes is better for society as a whole. However, it is not until one’s bullshits and lies catch up to them for one to appreciate and understand the betterment of telling the truth. Being caught red-handed is embarrassing, and tends to teach the perpetrator a lesson. So in this sense, the best way for people to care about telling the truth is to suffer the consequences, and learn from their mistakes.

Is it easy to identify between one who bullshits and one who actually puts in the effort? Confidence levels, persona, and having a talent in regards to communicating well with others are all signs that one may be bullshitting, but then again they could be confident as well. We all bullshit, yet we all put in effort as well. Is it fair to solely identify someone as one who bullshits?

Prompt 2:

During Unit 2, we spent a lot of time discussing the way humans communicate. Through paradigms, translation, lies and the truth, there are a lot of ways in which we as individuals interact with each other, and particular reasons why we do so. My question is one that can not necessarily be answered through our reading, but is a question that will keep evolving through time and advancements in technology. My question is this:

How will the process of human communication and interaction evolve over time, and which direction are we heading in in regards to advancing genuine human connection?

Will the formation of new languages occur? Will translators become unnecessary? Will the digital age take over? There are so many aspects of communication that society seems to ignore. People tend to make the broad prediction that communication will strictly become digital in the years to come, which can already be found frequently in society today. The future holds so many possibilities, so the direction of human communication can really go in any path. That is why I am asking this question- how do we as a society make sure that communication is continuously being challenged, and how can we make sure that society keeps communicating and not blatantly sitting behind a screen all day.