Disclaimer: Beware – today I dive into a more technical piece of work versus my more poetic stuff 🙂
I always love it when new terms of art are coined. The coupling of words and formation of short phrases to describe something, a concept, possibly already known or possibly a new formulation. It seems to be the perpetual motion of researchers, politicians, and wordsmiths alike, to boil a concept down into a few short syllables to describe something of monumental proportions.
Well once the label or buzzword or soundbite is created, no one has any need to reference the material supporting it, or even read and digest it for that matter. It sort of becomes a “given.” It is a self-explanatory definition that generally becomes universally accepted.
It is the same philosophy journalists use when they try to tell the whole story in just the headline. Reading the story becomes superfluous, and with lowering attention spans many readers don’t make it past those headlines.
You might even compare this practice to that of our ancient ancestors drawing pictograms and petroglyphs on cave walls. Reducing an idea to its most elementary form in an attempt to communicate.
Actually, I think images may even be more powerful than words in the sense that they convey detail that encompasses all of the senses that can cross language barriers. Some days, I would prefer petroglyphs to the written and spoken language 😊
But, should simple or even complex phraseology be given such deference?
I’m not sure. Such practices have the potential to oversimplify. And in the case of journalists, many times their stories don’t match their headlines – not even close.
So where am I going with this? Well, I stumbled upon a new term this week involving our aging brains. “Neurocognitive Scaffolding.”
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