Dr. Jame Conca presents a interesting argument in regards to nuclear waste material in his article on Forbes called “Talking to the Future — Hey, There’s Nuclear Waste Buried Here!”. But the interesting point is that he doesn’t go with masses talks about better ways of preventing it. He knows that there is already nuclear waste and will continue to subside in the world, so he encourage points to better communication safety concerns the waste. Nuclear waste sticks around for a long time and is not easily disposed of, Conca presents the issue that the english language or the language that everybody speaks today will change in the future. So caution, warning, or radiation signs that we have today might not be as effective when english becomes so changed that nothing will mean the same as today. Examples like the mystery of the mayan language, forgotten language of 11th century english, and ever changing realm of communication were all points in argument. He suggest that we use a universal form a communication combining all visual, linguistic, gestural, and spatial modes of communication to ensure the messages of danger are understood and believed throughout the generations.
(Forbes.com, April 17, 2015)
I though that Dr. Conca brought up some every interesting points to the table in regards of the importance of communication. Even though the setting of this is far in the future I think its crucial to bring these issue up and discuss possible solutions. I loved the way he brought up other historical works into a subject that many might not see as important. By bringing up other dead language from civilizations in the past and presenting evidence of the dangers that they left behind it put me a better line of site to what Conca was trying to say. Examples like Egyptian pyramids and hieroglyphics, how the warning in the pyramids did not work and many tomb raiders and archeologists got hurt or even lost their lives because of it.
Also I love how he brings in a subtle message that everything that we know today, language, pictures, or even colors won’t mean the same as they will in the future. In a world so focused on global warming, nuclear apocalypse, and political issues of the future, it’s nice to see there are people who have the insight to bring up other issues that we will have to deal with instead of just focusing all our energy to just a few topics.
Even though there were many good points Conca had there are some missing links that could have made is information and argument much more effective to reader. Perhaps adding polls on what people think of this issue right now, or polls on growing issue of nuclear waste might have been better. Or even better getting the reader involved, maybe creating a poll through the article itself could have made the experience more interactive with readers.
However, the message wasn’t as clear cut in the beginning as it seemed. I knew that Conca was trying to relay message rather than importance of preserving language for nuclear waste warnings. I had to really dig into the reading to understand the underlying message of his article. Then trying to comprehend those messages in a way that can relate to and concur with the Arola Sheppard Ball reading was a difficult task.
But overall the reading definitely helps me in my writing. It made me realize the importance of word choice to get my message out more concretely or to not give off a the wrong message to the audience. Also the important effects that organization of my post and images and color schemes I put on the page can change what my audience might think of my post. Plus how interaction and proximity to my reader can help me better connect with them.