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What are some big social issues that need to be discussed, but aren't?

There are a lot social issues, but which ones are the most un-talked about and important?

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  • Dec 3 2012: well i think der isn't any social issues that needs to be discussed and aren't discussed......now a days almost everything thought topic is being discuused and taught thru various ways and channels.......u name any possible social issue u will definately find the topic being discussed now a dayz
    • Dec 4 2012: Is grown-up spelling discussed too? ;-)
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        Dec 4 2012: John,
        Do you suppose english may not be mona's first language?
        • Dec 4 2012: Her name suggests that she is Indian. It's quite likely she has studied English all her life.

          However, I'm curious, if you came across an American who is in high school or has graduated from it, who wrote like that, what impression would the person make on you? Or would you not form impressions based on the writing style, by itself?
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        Dec 4 2012: John,
        "Quite likely" doesn't necessarily make it so!

        I do not form impressions based on writing style.....especially here on TED, where we have international communications.

        I try to see beyond writing or different communication skills, no matter where a person is from, to understand the content of the comment. So no, the writing style by itself does not cause me to form an impression. That's kind of like judging a person based on how s/he is dressed...is it not?

        Here on TED, I look at profiles, information that is provided, other comments made by that person, etc., to get as much information as I can, because I think that having some information, sometimes helps me understand the comment better....or not....

        Mostly, I try my best to understand:>)
        • Dec 4 2012: i dunno...... i thinkz dat not makin de effort 2 lern speling n grammer betrayz a certin lack of inteligenz......... I wunz notizd an indian colleag talkin lik dat wid a customer 2 !!! I wuz aghast! quiet apart frum dat, I never cud get her to stop using apostrophe's in her plural's e1 in biznes email's nd document's.

          Njoy sum poetrey !! http://lyfissounpredictable.blogspot.com/2008/07/going-thru-hell-diz-dayz.html

          Of course, I'm lenient with those who have not been exposed to the language all that much.
      • Dec 4 2012: I try not to form impressions about people by their style, but the style is still important.

        I am concerned about the loose use of words. First, using any definition we choose, with no reference to dictionary or other authority. Secondly, the acceptance of almost any manner of spelling. Third, the creation of new words at a rate that is historic. If these trends persist, the people of 2050 will need an interpreter to understand the communications of 2012.

        I remember, in a high school Latin class, reading the original words of Julius Caesar. Those words persisted for two thousand years and were still understandable. That is the power of language, and we are tossing it aside as though it has no value.
        • Dec 4 2012: I sympathize with you on the value of language. However, I form impressions too. In almost all cases, my impressions were justified. More than anything else, this was a reflection on their professionalism.
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        Dec 4 2012: There is a difference between not knowing how to speak/write correctly, and choosing not to speak/write correctly. Also, it depends on who you are talking to. If I feel comfortable enough to rite like dis, then I will. If she feels comfortable enough to write like that, then you should be flattered. If she doesn't know how to write correctly, then don't give her a hard time about it.
        • Dec 4 2012: Yeah, get a job, work for a few years, deal with all kinds of people -- smart ones to imbeciles, and recall what you wrote just now. I have no objection to you feeling flattered, but please permit me to feel disgusted.
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        Dec 5 2012: The thing is John, we don't ever really know for sure who has been, or who has NOT been exposed to a language, and to what extent, so I just like to give people the benefit of the doubt....it feels better to me. You are welcome to feel however you choose about it:>)

        I had over 50 years in the work force, in many different capacities, dealt with all kinds of people, and I still agree with Curious:>)
        • Dec 5 2012: I have quite a few Indians in my circle. I have traveled there a few times, and on occasion, stayed for a few months at a stretch too. Most people in my circle, Indians or not, are engineers. I have developed a sense for knowing which Indians grew up in cities, and which ones in smaller towns. I can tell the difference between http://www.ted.com/talks/arunachalam_muruganantham_how_i_started_a_sanitary_napkin_revolution.html and mona dogra. I have been quite accepting of people like Muruganantham -- they did not grow up with the language, but they are trying their best to communicate -- as am I, when I try to speak some of their languages or some European languages.

          Indians who write English badly have something in common with Americans and Brits who write badly -- you know, the kinds that write "should of". What is it? Their refusal to learn or do better. I hope that some of them will see what kind of an impression they make on some people (I'm just one of them), and that will give them a reason to improve.

          And then, there are many others who seem to tolerate such language, but come decision time, "well... we can't have Lizzie interacting with customers, let's assign Maggie for the job instead".
        • Dec 9 2012: John F. :Try more empathy: some of what you are complaining about is a natural result of someone who hears a foreign language without reading it, or vice versa. For instance, I would bet it is quite possible that the person who says "should of", had been listening to "should HAVE", but didn't see it written. President Reagan once mispronounced "Nigeria" in an amusing way; he probably had read it, but not heard it pronounced. That sort of thing should not be held seriously against anyone.
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        Dec 5 2012: Mr. Frum. I completely understand the frustration with ignorance, or lack of the use of knowledge. But like Ms. Steen said, we don't ever really know for sure who has and has not been exposed to language. So in this case, your impression is not justified. and you can be disgusted. Just keep that to yourself or to your friends. And if it really bothers you, find a way to say it politely, and if that doesn't work, then except the things that can't change. At least can't be changed by you. Or just don't say anything at all...
        • Dec 5 2012: "Just keep that to yourself or to your friends."
          Hey! I like communicating openly here! My anonymity grants me that privilege. Just before this comment, I explained the dangers of "keeping to oneself" too.

          By the way, there is no need for "Mr. Frum". It's a famous name that I borrowed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Frum. But, you're still welcome to call me Mr. Frum, if you prefer.

          And I do hope that people change because of my comment. ;-) I'm not their boss, but whether they like it or not, many in this world base their decisions on how people speak and write. It's not like it needs extensive plastic surgery or something like that.
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        Dec 5 2012: And john, I love poetry :) And I don't think you were trying to be mean up there, so I'm attacking you. I'm jus sayin ;)
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        Dec 5 2012: John,
        This is in response to your comment beginning with...
        " I have quite a few Indians in my circle."

        I have traveled extensively too, and I am ALWAYS grateful that people put up with, and in fact seem to appreciate my attempt at many languages. When I visit a country, I learn the basics....please, thank you, hello, good bye, etc. etc. to the best of my ability. I have appreciated people of many different nationalities reaching out to me with love and acceptance, even if I don't get the language "right", so that is what I like to do with others:>) It is simply my preference, and I accept and respect your preference.

        You write..."And I do hope that people change because of my comment ;-) "
        I will change and become even more compassionate regarding accepting people, whether or not they speak or write the language correctly, as I sincerely hope they will continue to accept me and my language mistakes:>)

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