RETURN SIGNAL

IF YOU’RE AN ASTRONOMER SENDING A SIGNAL OUT INTO THE UNIVERSE IN HOPES OF FINDING INTELLIGENT LIFE AND YOU DON’T GET ANY SIGNAL BACK, THEN IT’S TIME TO POINT YOUR TRANSMITTER IN A DIFFERENT FUCKING DIRECTION.

SIMILARLY, IF YOU’RE ON YOUR PHONE TRYING TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC AND ALL YOU’RE GETTING IS RADIO SILENCE IN RETURN, THEN IT’S TIME TO RECALIBRATE.

STRAIGHT UP. THIS IS WHERE I’M AT TODAY. WE’VE BEEN INSIDE FOR 11 MONTHS AND I’VE STILL GOT PEOPLE IN MY ORBIT BARELY SQUEAKING OUT ENOUGH LETTERS TO HIT THE REPLY LINE WITH A “LOL”. I’VE HAD LIKE 5 SIGNIFICANT CONVERSATIONS IN THE SPAN OF THE PAST YEAR WITH FOLKS OTHER THAN MY WIFE AND MY THERAPIST. AND TO BE QUITE FRANK THE REST HAS JUST FELT LIKE NOISE.

MOST ADVANCED COMMUNICATION DEVICES IN THE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION AND WE’RE SWIMMING IN AN OCEAN OF RETWEETS, 3-LETTER ACRONYMS, AND COPY-PASTES OF OTHER PEOPLE’S REPOSTS.

READ SOMETHING, SYNTHESIZE A NEW THOUGHT, AND LET’S GET THE CONVERSATION GOING ALREADY, COTDAMMIT.

THE REAL DIVIDE ISN’T GOING TO BE BETWEEN THE HAVE’S AND HAVE NOT’S IN THE FUTURE….IT’S GOING TO BE BETWEEN THOSE THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO ARTICULATE A GAME PLAN AND THE REST OF THE POPULATION THAT WOULD MUCH RATHER THROW UP A RETWEET IN APPROVAL OR AN ANGRY FACE EMOJI IN THE COMMENTS TO SHOW THEIR DISCONTENT.

WHERE THE REAL COMMUNICATORS AT?

HOLLER AT A SCHOLAR.

SENDING THIS SIGNAL OUT….

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