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(Yahoo)   In a nice, short article, this journalist points out that we all talk too much and most of us would benefit by shutting up   ( divider line
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8149 clicks; posted to Main » on 22 Sep 2006 at 12:55 PM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2006-09-22 11:16:04 AM  
Ok, I'll respect the sentiment of the headline and refrain from making some lame comment just because I ca...

2006-09-22 11:30:23 AM  
2006-09-22 11:37:03 AM  
I have nothing useful to say about the pope's dilemma with the Islamic world, how the UN is dealing with Darfur, or why Tucker Carlson got bounced from the first round of "Dancing with the Stars." Those issues, and numerous others, are getting all the attention they need without my input. In many situations the best course of action is to refrain from saying anything.

My iron-o-meter just asspoloded.
2006-09-22 11:59:24 AM  
you talk about people you don't even know
you talk about places, you never go...
2006-09-22 12:06:31 PM  
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2006-09-22 12:24:39 PM  
I have read before that one of the keys to negotiating your starting salary at a new job is to just be quiet. Let them say the first number and then shutup, pondering it for 30 seconds or so. Invariably they will raise it. Repeat as desired.
2006-09-22 12:58:44 PM  
You have my complete attention.
2006-09-22 12:58:59 PM  
"A wise man talks because he has something to say. A fool talks because he has to say something." -Plato
2006-09-22 12:59:38 PM  
Needs shorter headline: Yo, STFU
2006-09-22 12:59:53 PM  
In that case, everyone STFU and GBTW.
2006-09-22 1:02:04 PM  
God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. We're supposed to listen twice as much as we talk. Or something...
2006-09-22 1:02:10 PM  
" "!
2006-09-22 1:03:07 PM  
If everyone went Sesquipedalian, there'd be less verbiage.
2006-09-22 1:03:44 PM  
the only way i can read this article is by using the Family Guy version of Andy Rooney. I HATE THAT!!
2006-09-22 1:03:59 PM  
Wouldn't comedy clubs and karaoke nights reduce the total amount of talking as one person talks and many listen rather than having individual conversations?
2006-09-22 1:04:48 PM  
ok everyone, let's all super glue our mouths shut.

Just to make the journalist happy.
2006-09-22 1:05:20 PM  
Brevity is... wit.
2006-09-22 1:05:23 PM  
There was a pause, and Devine considered his options. Since the developer hadn't asked a question or made a counteroffer, he decided to wait, and soon the man said, "But ... I guess it's good for us to just get the deal done, so we'll do it." The lesson, Devine writes, was, "I had saved a client $100,000 by simply immobilizing my jaw."

I use this strategy all the time, after I noticed it being used on me. If you allow silence to happen, people will start giving stuff up.
2006-09-22 1:05:25 PM  
Part of the attitude is dangerous, politicans already run amok with paying the attention people pay now. Imagine how bad things would be if people did'nt pay attention to issues.
2006-09-22 1:06:25 PM  
So this one time I was at the store, right? And I, like, saw this guy carrying a HUGE bag of potato chips... so i, like, went up to him and said, "Hey, dude, you got a lot of chips, right? And you're, like, buying them, right?" And he said "No way! That's unpossible!" Then on my way to checkout a band of evil squirrels came in, followed by a hermaphroditic panda and they were all singing kumbaya and I'm pretty sure my medication is kicking in..

// Ahhhhhhh...
2006-09-22 1:06:27 PM  
Death to the Blog!!!!

I'm serious. Talk about waste of time, words, energy, interweb space etc.
2006-09-22 1:08:56 PM  
Yes. Discuss.
2006-09-22 1:09:46 PM  
Try telling that to the ladies.
2006-09-22 1:11:04 PM  
Yea, what he said.
2006-09-22 1:11:04 PM  
No, YOU shut up!
2006-09-22 1:11:04 PM  

Well played.
2006-09-22 1:12:54 PM  
STFU everybody!
2006-09-22 1:13:06 PM  
You lose.
2006-09-22 1:13:10 PM  
TFA: * Jeffrey Shaffer writes about media, American culture, and personal history.

In other words, a Liberal Arts major.

/how can I get that gig?
2006-09-22 1:13:44 PM  
If you allow silence to happen, people will start giving stuff up.

I employed that strategery just last night with my fiancee`. As soon as she shut her mouth, I totally gave it up to her.

It went something like this:

Me: "Thanks for sharing. Fancy a shag?"
Her: "OK."
2006-09-22 1:14:46 PM  
loogel: Part of the attitude is dangerous, politicans already run amok with paying the attention people pay now. Imagine how bad things would be if people did'nt pay attention to issues.

I totally agree... unfortunately, it's tough to separate the corn from the rest of the shiat.
2006-09-22 1:14:47 PM  
From TFA:
"If excess words were corn, we could fill millions of giant silos with America's annual production."
2006-09-22 1:15:48 PM  
Yeah, I totally agree, tons of people right here on fark just make posts for no reason that have already been said anyway, where they totally contradict themselves. And what's really annoying is that they don't even realize they're doing it.
2006-09-22 1:18:13 PM  
amoricanCrowe the better line as "She wouldn't shut her mouth, so I totally went up on her."

Mr. Column Writer, stop, seriously. Sit inside on your little desk annoyed that we all choose to speak, instead of remaining quiet and listless. The problem is too often we choose not to speak, we do not speak up when we have every right to. Ever sit by awaiting help and never get it for a few minutes?

Counter-point to "in business you should remain quiet" "in business you should actually say something." Few people want someone who cannot deliver answers, they do not want someone who has no input, and if you do not claim something then it will be taken by a louder person.

Sit in your damn breakfast nook and shut up.
2006-09-22 1:18:21 PM  
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2006-09-22 1:20:59 PM  
It is better to keep your moth closed and let people think that you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.
2006-09-22 1:21:05 PM  
author needs to take his own advice.

but wait! he's paid by the word!
2006-09-22 1:27:03 PM  
I blame cell phones.

No really. I do.
2006-09-22 1:30:04 PM  
tyroney: "It is better to keep your moth closed and let people think that you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt."

2006-09-22 1:30:58 PM  
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2006-09-22 1:31:37 PM  
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2006-09-22 1:33:35 PM  
You know, I'm from Portland Oregon, and now live in LA (Pasadena). He should make his way down here. I have been struggling with how much noise and distraction their is down here, I wish the city would shut up for one second. Cars 24/7, sirens, Mexicans honking their horns, leaf blowers, helicopters. All day. All night. A nice quiet Oregon morning sounds very appealing.
2006-09-22 1:34:47 PM  
All I could think about as I read this article is how incredibly loud it is sitting here in my cubicle. I'm exposed to about 85 decibles of local Mexican music and very loud talkers on both sides approximately an hour and a half after I wake up. I miss those "staring out of the kitchen windows moments" very much at that point.

/okay, i'll STFU now
2006-09-22 1:36:51 PM  
loogel: Its not nessesarily about paying attention. You should always be alert and pay attention. But we really need to be taught to be quiet and choose our words carefully. If we run our mouths all the time people won't listen when we have something important to say.

/Not that I'm setting a good example with this post or anything.
2006-09-22 1:38:34 PM  
This is an asinine idea. His pussillanimity about verbiage is redolent with the graveolence of inanity.

2006-09-22 1:39:34 PM  
God, yes.
2006-09-22 1:42:10 PM  
SwingingJohnson, I want you to stop using Comic Sans.
2006-09-22 1:44:27 PM  
I'm exposed to about 85 decibles of local Mexican music . . .

I used to have the same problem. I actually started going to work with plugs in my ears!

And not to get too far off topic - what's the deal with Mexican music? To me it all sounds like oom-pa-pa circus music. And they all listen too it! They listen to the same style of crappy music that their parents and grandparents listened to. It would be like me getting down with Lawrence Welk or some crappy old shiat.
Mexicans need to get their musical act together, man!
2006-09-22 1:46:59 PM  

SwingingJohnson, I want you to stop using Comic Sans.

But Comic Sans make me feel good.
2006-09-22 1:47:01 PM  
Irony tag assplodes?

/your dog wants you to STFU
//and stop using this cliche.
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