Something I have been noticing in the way human expression has shaped up in the recent times.Aren’t we slowly going into a language which is more metaphorical than it has ever been ? Language has heavily come to depend upon analogy and discarding exactness or precision of a scientific expression ,it now uses symbols which are thinly veiled poetic expressions or imagery. Everything that we have invented has been conceptualised or realised as an idea through the use of metaphors. The use of metaphors is not merely for the sake of better articulation but as an effective connecting link between different stages of idea forming and idea evolution .The distinction between expression and thought gets effectively blurred as thought at some stage becomes expression and expression ,once achieved, becomes a thought in itself.
Apart from the use of metaphors by science scholars and science thinkers ,the geeks use metaphors in a big way .In a typical paragraph of technical writing you will always find a large number of metaphors .Everything that the geek expounds uses metaphors and it is through metaphors that new concepts evolve in internet and technology . Knowledge aggregation through tagging becomes possible through metaphors and lateral linkages by way of analogy and ontological methods.
“A tag cloud ” is a pretty metaphor used for the collection of the frequently used tags on the blog or website-a highly visual image. “Avatar” is a beautiful metaphor for a virtual representation of your identity.The word is Sanscrit for the incarnations of God Vishnu on the earth to rid it of its accumulated sinfulness from time to time. “Akismet” is Arabic word for “automatic Kismet”,meaning each spam comment deserves what its content is i.e.the bad ones get the boot,the good ones get the approval. “Twitter” is another beautiful metaphor for a tiny 140 character micro-messenger and the “tweets” are an extension of the bird image which has become so popular .
“Being woken in the dead of night by noisy neighbours blasting out music could soon be a thing of the past.
Scientists have shown off the blueprint for an “acoustic cloak”, which could make objects impervious to sound waves.
The technology, outlined in the New Journal of Physics, could be used to build sound-proof homes, advanced concert halls or stealth warships.”
In this piece of science writing ,watch out for the metaphors galore-neighbours blasting out music,blueprint,”acoustic cloak”,”stealth warships” etc.
The metaphors make the expression visually effective and the assimilation of the idea becomes easier .For instance , the metaphor “acoustic cloak” is a highly visual representation for the gadget developed by the scientists and the same thing would take a long time for a lay reader to understand without the extremely pretty image of the cloak.