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Thursday Jan 22, 2009

Hear the Banality

You may be aware of the concept of memes, which is essentially, “the transmission from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena.”

Words can heal or spread like a virus. Several years ago, the word “robust” leapt into the limelight, repeated into oblivion. My recollection is that Condoleezza Rice used robust during a press conference, then the word spread like an airborne pathogen—becoming meaningless as the media regurgitated robust with mindless abandon.

Then, in more recent days, the word “transparent” surfaced and became ubiquitous during the presidential campaign. Listen to the media, your leaders, your friends, acquaintances, family members, and hear for yourself.

As for art, if you parrot the words and ideas of others, how can you possibly create original work? Without discernment, life becomes a cliche.