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November 25th, 2014

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02:04 pm - Writing is a diminished form of communication

I've started to feel that writing is the lowest form of communication.

You remove voice, facial expression, body language, and the feelings that carry from one person to another, and replace that with letters on a page or screen.

What could be more diminishing?

When I want to express how I feel, writing on a page only makes me more and more frustrated and lonely. Speaking out loud, crying, laughing, moving, using my hands, smiling, frowning, etc., are how I really express myself.

So when is writing useful?

  • Circumstances when we want to have a permanent record of something.

  • Situations where all we have is text - where all other channels are cut off.

  • Times when we have to communicate an essentially emotionless message in a very brief period of time, thus e-mails or text messages.

  • For mass communication purposes when video or audio production require too much time or resources.

Writing for literary enjoyment? Maybe that's some people's cup of tea, but it's stopped being mine. When someone puts words on a page, they take away their feelings, their body expressions, and all the other aspects of their experience, and then they pass you just their words. You have to take those words and reconstruct a whole world of emotion around them, by yourself. I'd much rather somebody just tell me their stories directly, so I can pick up on how they're feeling. Too often, literature remains just "words on the page".

What do you think?

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Date:December 6th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
FWIW, I still enjoy writing quite a bit and continue to use it as my primary form of communication with some people...including yourself. ;)
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Date:December 20th, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
I'm still sorting out what writing means to me. Thanks for the reply - for people like yourself who I never see (except at the Fringe, it seems), it is good to stay in touch - even if it means using ASCII characters.

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