Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Art of Speech

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 
- First Amendment to the United States Constitution

When I began compartmentalizing my ideas and goals in regards to writing, it was done so with the intent, knowledge, and support that I could theoretically write whatever the fuck I wanted to write, and not have to worry much about criticism because, in all respects, writing isn’t always done to convene the traits of the real identity of the author.

In fact, my High School English teacher, Mr. Duffy, always encouraged me to work on my scribe however I feel, and if people couldn’t accept what I presented in word, that it would be their loss, not mine. After researching and reading as much as possible of respected works with suggestive content, I came to the conclusion that colorful language was just that, colorful.

I think back to the first time I watched The Wizard of Oz, and how dull the opening segment of the film was with that grainy look without color; and then in contrast how amazing the blast of color was when Dorothy landed in Oz. I was used to color on television and movies, but seeing the sudden adjustment and transition in a single film, in a time where color in film was very rare, had a very sudden impact on my perspective. It also helps to point out the content of the film abruptly becomes very suggestive once in the imaginary land of Oz.

My writing, too, is very suggestive and colorful; but I scribe my speech and narrative with colorful language and suggestive content all in the name of art. Words are words, and how we use them can change the entire impact of the segment of speech we’re focusing on. I’ve always believed no word is off limits, only the content in which those words are being used. At times the phrase, “fuck you, you jackoff!” will be used by myself, and that, is a very ugly quote. However, the sporadic placement of “fuck”, “shit”, “bitch”, “motherfucker”, “asshole”, etc. by myself are done so in the hopes that the audience actually settles a bit in knowing that I’m being casual, and presenting you to see my speech in the light that I use it… to simply break away from utter seriousness and focus relentlessly on the fact that I’m solely speaking, and perhaps even just using the terms as attention getters.

Believe it or not, even if your initial impression is more negative than positive, you’re attention has been grabbed by me. Sure, some of you suddenly lose interest in the topic at hand, maybe even never open another of my works again, however, I had your attention enough for that moment to enable you to make a decision of whether or not my words have any credence whatsoever.

But I tell you truthfully, my colorful and suggestive vocabulary is very rarely used in effect to disturb my readers. I use the language I use to convey more emotion to my points. There is nothing foul about foul language until the intent of that language is harmful; and no, teaching your children “curse”-words is not harmful, or unbiblical. To go against the God with foul language is for that language to be foul. Using those words is not a foul act, but intending for those words to be harmful, is a foul act.

I want nothing more than my freedom of speech. I ask that those who read my work please do so with the wisdom in mind that my language is simply colorful, not hateful (not always, at least). We do not live in a world where color is bad; on the contrary, color is beautiful, color is reality. It is the colorblind who struggle to appreciate the beauty color presents us with everyday, and it is the colorblind who fail to see color for the art that it really is. Only, with language, seeing color is a choice, and I implore you make the choice to see the art of color, and not ignore the beauty of the way we can paint these colorful portraits.

1 comment:

  1. Color IS beautiful. You make some great points.
    Also- Kudos on the Wizard of Oz reference :D