Warning: Weak Language

The problems with Cinema and Communication

Leo Cookman

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One of the strange things about communication in Post-Modern culture is how indirect it has become. Whether it is the use of emojis and gifs or through the use of oblique references to other media, the act of communicating has become a strange web of intertextuality. This is not to say that the message doesn’t get across but it has become emblematic of the apparent age of anxiety in which we live where unguarded honesty and vulnerability has become occluded through layers of digital deniability. When someone shows their unhappiness with their body, their joy with the sexuality or their hostility towards a current trend, there is a level of deniability baked into the medium. For instance, a knee-jerk response when found being dishonest about any of these things can be “Social media isn’t real”, or the fact that a post or a message can always be said to have been “ironic”, whether that was its intention or not. It also creates issues wherein the person you are communicating with may not be able to decode the many layers of subtext given to them, or, even worse, decode it incorrectly. Many are the stories of parents/grandparents using “the wrong emoji” when talking about what’s for dinner. But as much as this observation can be labelled as the rantings of an old man complaining about the kids and their new fangled slang that poor…

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Leo Cookman

Peripatetic Writer. “Time’s Lie” out now from Zero Books.