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By John Pawlak

Technology is defined as “the practical application of knowledge.” Well, that’s the definition anyway. Practical? Perhaps. Knowledge? It’s getting harder to tell. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Technology is practically ebbing into the crevasses of society and filling them with tar of obfuscation.

Okay ... rewind. I’m not trashing technology. I happen to love technology. I adore my 42” flat-screen TV. I relish being able to cook food without having to go outside and chop wood. Indoor plumbing is a fluid joy and I really like the fact that I can talk to my family using a phone while they’re 2,000 miles away. To tell the truth, I enjoy even more the fact that they’re 2,000 miles away!

Technology makes life easier and in many cases even possible. But there is one technology that scares me ... texting. Watching its evolution over the past years has been like witnessing a train wreck in slow motion. Consider the following conversation I overheard a couple weeks ago while walking down the hallway between classes. Two girls were talking (not communicating, just talking) about text messaging. NOTE – please let this next paragraph bend the punctuation rule and just be presented as a single quote:

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