Saturday, August 21, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: A ''Desiderata'' for the Digital Age published by humor web site

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August 31, 2010
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"Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence."

Max Ehrmann wrote those words in Baltimore in 1927 as part of a prose
poem he called "Desiderata. It's a Latin word that means"desired
While the text was largely unknown during Ehrmann's lifetime, it has
been widely circulated worldwide since the 1960s.

The popular 1927 poem has other gems, among them:

-- ''As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.''

-- ''Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.''

-- ''Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.''

-- "You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here."

-- "With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world."

-- "Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy."

Now, in this Digital Age, where a different set of boundaries and online
etiquette obtain, one might rephrase some of Ehrmann's lines to read:

"Go placidly amid the hot links and distractions,
and remember what peace there may be in unplugging."

Pundits are calling this new version "The Digirata," in homage to the
original. New lines goe like this:

-- ''As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons online and never never flame others or engage
in any kind of cyberbullying or cyberstalking.''

-- ''Key in your truths quietly and clearly;
and read what others have to say, too
even the dull and the ignorant;
for they too have their stories and ideas to impart, even if you disagree.''

-- ''Avoid angry and aggressive flamers and out of control cyberbullies,
for they are vexations to the spirit of the internet.'

-- ''If you compare your blog with other blogs that are better and
have more visitors,
you may become vain and bitter, so just enjoy your own blog for what
it is and don't
worry abut the big guys.''

-- "Exercise caution who you give your personal details to;
for the world is full of trickery and Nigerian scams waiting
to part you from your money."

-- ''Be yourself when you are online,
or, if it so pleases you, adopt a persona.''

-- ''Use your real name or a pseudonym for your userid,
and let no one steal your password,
especially those pesky phishers.''

-- ''Take kindly the counsel of your fellow bloggers
and gracefully chat with your Facebook
friends in real time. But don't over do it,
and always take time out to unplug
and enjoy a weekly
internet sabbath.''

-- ''You are a child of the Digital Age,
no less than the keyboards and the pixels;
and you have every right to blog to your heart's content.''

-- ''Therefore be at peace with Amazon and Yahoo,
and make of your Kindles and your nooks what you will.''

-- ''Whatever your labors and your aspirations,
in the multitasking distractions of cyberspace
keep peace with your soul -- if you still have one.''

-- ''Remember: With all its sham, mattdrudgery, and broken keyboards,
it is still a beautiful online world.''

And lastly:

''Be cheerful. Use the smilely emoticon as much as possible.
Strive to be a happy camper and unplug often.''


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