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•• Published: Jun 5, 2013

The audio equivalent of Lynn Truss’ Eats, Shoots & Leaves book The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. 

I found this poem through the visual medium of kenetic type. The sepia tones appeal to my sense of aesthetic. I like it a lot. Some of the sights I most enjoy in typographic animation is in getting lost in the counters and shapes between the letters as they move.

Typography by Ronnie Bruce
Uploaded Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Typography Animation

Poem by

TaylorMali-.-logo
(TaylorMali.com)

 

Totally like whatever, you know?
by Taylor Mali

TaylorMali-1-movtype

In case you hadn’t realised,
it has somehow become uncool
to sound like you know what you’re talking about?
Or believe strongly in what you’re, like saying?
Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)’s & (Ya know what I’m saying)’s have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?
Even when those sentences aren’t, like, questions?

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TaylorMali-2-interogitive

Declarative sentences—so-­‐called
because they used to, like you know, DECLARE things to be true, okay,
as opposed to other things are, like, totally, you know, not—
They’ve been infected by this tragically cool and totally hip interrogative tone?

 

TaylorMali-3-bandwagon

As if I’m saying , don’t think I’m a nerd just cause I’ve noticed this;
this is just like the word on the street, you know?
I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions.
I’m just inviting you to join me on the band wagon of my own uncertainty?

.

TaylorMali-4-Rainforest

What has happened to our conviction?
Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?
Have they been, like, chopped down
with the rest of the rain forest? Ya know?
Or do we have, like, nothing to say?

.

TaylorMali-5-nehh

Has society just become so filled with these conflicting feelings of nehh!
That we’ve just gotten to the point where  most aggressively inarticulate generation
to come along since . . .
you know, a long, time ago!

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TaylorMali-6-Speak

So I implore you, I entreat you & I challenge you: To speak with conviction. To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks
the determination with which you believe it.
Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker,
it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY.
You have to speak with it, too.



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