Transmission Failure Syndrome
There is a great deal to be said for speaking and writing
clearly, unambiguously and generally in terms that can be
understood by a reasonably broad range of people who
themselves are literate, numerate, socially aware and
have a modest ability to communicate simply and directly.
If what is being written or said cannot be understood, then
nothing is being communicated. If the writer or speaker
does not realise an audience cannot understand, there could
be a serious human psychological problem at source which,
though widely recognizable, would need expert treatment.
A case of communication or transmission failure syndrome
(CTFS) is usually known to exist when an intended communication is
clouded by complex terminology that may either have no meaning
at all, or its component parts be formulated in such an esoteric
jargon or consist of the misuse of otherwise familiar ingredients
that no ordinary sense can be made of their product.
possible that a group of CTFS sufferers, when brought together,
may indeed understand each other, though it is far from certain
whether this is a fully intellectual understanding, or simply
a sympathetic understanding syndrome (SUS) which is known
to be a side-effect of CTFS, a type of natural defence
mechanism which gives CTFS sufferers a feeling of confident
superiority and well being, enabling them to project their
attempted communications with such plausibility that even
those who are not sufferers can be made to feel the
disadvantage of inferiority in their presence.
known that large numbers of quite normally well adjusted
people occasionally attend events created and presented
by CTFS sufferers and the generation of quite lucrative
markets have been known. Some books become best-sellers
without any purchaser knowing how to turn the bizarre
unfamiliarity of their vocabulary into a basis for
understanding. This curious CTFS disorder, which
is believed to emanate from and be nurtured by academic
environments, has now been detected positively among
creators of musical material, with a significant and
increasing number of SUS performers becoming involved
in the presentations of their work in concerts.
Copyright © 26 August 2003 Patric Standford,
From: Alistair Hinton, UK
Assuming him to refer here to composers rather than a certain breed of musicologists
which tends to follow in such composers' wake(s), does he have any particular 'creators of
musical material' in mind in this context? Answers -- if deemed too indiscreet for general
publication -- may be marked 'private'.
I'm not unsympathetic -- just curious!