"The language fades. The noise is more
Than ever it has been before,
But all the words grow pale and thin
For lack of sense has done them in.
“What wonder, when it is for pay
Millions are spoken every day?
It is the number, not the sense
That brings the speakers pounds and pence.
“The words are stretched across the air
Vast distances from here to there,
Or there to here: it does not matter
So long as there is media chatter.
“Turn up the sound and let there be
No talking between you and me:
What passes now for human speech
Must come from somewhere out of reach."
-- from What and Who by C H Sisson (1944)