Have you ever heard of uptalk?
Uptalk is a lilting way of speech? That you'd normally associate with a 14-year-old girl? But it's, like, starting to spread? To hipsters? And young professionals?
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who has, like, wholly adopted uptalk?
If you ever do? Particularly if the person is, like, in a professional setting? You might, you know, notice some things? When a person turns every statement? Into a question?
You may notice the uptalker shrinking. You might notice his power melting away.
You may notice how imbuing every verbal assertion with uncertainty blurs the sharp lines of detail, how it dulls language and diminishes credibility.
So all you uptalkers out there? Who don't want to listen to a grouchy old lady? Go ahead and listen to this good looking young guy (Taylor Mali), because if I can't convince you that conviction is cool, maybe he can.
It is not enough these days to simply question authority. You've got to speak with it too.
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