In our age of nearly constant communication – whether it be through the mass media, advertising, or perpetual group chats and text messages – has language lost its content? Is language in our modern era, as Martin Esslin explains in the The Theatre of the Absurd, “devoid of real meaning?”
It seems that as methods of communication become more accessible, the content behind the instantaneous messages we send to each other lose their significance. What do the ‘lol’s and ‘haha’s truly mean? Are they just merely nonsense place holders, in a message that lacks actual substance?
Perhaps it is one of the paradoxes of our time: as we appear to communicate more frequently with each other, have we actually been diminishing the reciprocation of meaningful or genuine ideas?