As you all know, I love the creative use of language. I love words, and have all my life. From spiritual, biblical, mystery, murder, history, rants, raves, opinion, poetry, lyrics, biography, memoir, and business, I’ve read and studied the use of language in each form. Furthermore, I celebrate those styles and the variations in them.
However…there is a trend that is disturbing to me.
It is the use of the word “porn” (short for pornography, in case there are any who don’t know that) combined with other subjects. I first saw it with something called Word Porn that is getting shared a lot on Facebook. Now I’m seeing the porn word being used to describe intense feelings for other things that should remain innocently wonderful, such as cars, trains, food, etcetera. The use of the word porn, which has negative connotations and does not elevate the human condition, denigrates any subject it is attached to because porn stimulates erotic responses, not genuine emotions such as delight or joy.
My conspiracy theorist brain wants to say there is a plot afoot by porn purveyors to minimize the negative impact of that word for their own nefarious reasons. But then that would mean pornographers would somehow have to be smart and want to work together, and I don’t think that is the case.
So the next thing I’m thinking is that a marketer came up with something shocking to get attention on and traffic to a perfectly innocent website to monetize ads. But in his attempt to shock, a dilution of that shock factor is happening that will have bigger repercussions.
I do not click on anything (such as Word Porn posts) that tries to shock for no good reason. Join me in not sharing Word Porn and other such as that, or using that word in conjunction with things that truly delight. Let’s bring back vibrant descriptions of true aesthetic feelings for subjects that inspire us to be delighted with and find joy in trains and cars and food and kittens and trees and frogs and horns and music and words.