Column: Donkey-elephant season over; time for robosquirrels

We long-suffering citizens have been subjected to political ads from the various candidates since forever, it seems.

By the time this column comes out, though, we will be finished with all the TV talk and radio rants until, oh, probably next month. I am a lifelong student of communication in all its forms, and so political speech fascinates me in much the same way I suspect the rantings of a patient with a bizarre and unusual psychosis fascinates a psychiatrist.

However, for the next few weeks I look forward to concentrating on more pleasant news about communication.

The first news item to catch my attention is out of South Korea and concerns an elephant named Koshik and the confirmation by scientists that this ponderous pachyderm can vocalize five words in Korean. I was hoping to find out these five words were, “Let me out of zoo!” Alas, they are a bit more prosaic and consist of the Korean words for “hello,” “sit down,” “lie down,” “good” and “no.” Well, at least that last one shows he has a spirit of rebellion.

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