05/04/2012 05:32 pm ET | Updated Jul 04, 2012
  • John Brown Former diplomat; affiliated with Georgetown University

"A thought, once uttered, is a lie."
-- Tiutchev

I hereby propose a new portal/site (call it whatever you want) dedicated to total silence.

You would click on, no content/graphics/sound would appear on it.

"Target audiences" would love it -- the silence.

Client satisfaction from would make bundles to suddenly silent ad gals/guys who wouldn't have to work (or, should I say, pretend they are working) "for a living."

Politicians would say nothing on, to admit that they have nothing to say, to the great relief of their audiences.

"Public diplomacy" diplomats on the site would send "content-free" messages containing not less than 140, but absolutely 0 -- zero!-- characters.

The rhetoricians/propagandists would simply remain silent, to the delight of their interlocutors.

ELECTED Silence, sing to me

And beat upon my whorlèd ear,

Pipe me to pastures still and be

The music that I care to hear.