4 Replies to “The truth about e-mail”

  1. here’s the strange thing: i always feel as if i’m MORE reflexively honest when i’m typing – which is still what i consider e-mail, or columnizing, or blogging, or whatever – than when i’m speaking, because i have the luxury of fully expressing and supporting a thought. as for handwriting, mine is so awful it’s not even on the table, although i still have many letters written by my parents in that beautiful script forged in 20s and 30s childhoods. one thing about handwriting: it’s literally, not just artistically, more painful. if you’re going to spew some crap, you pay in time and pain.

    sean

  2. It interests me that my handwriting has regressed and degenerated as I use it less; I used to write entire tomes in lined notebooks, but who has the time anymore? Now filling out a one-page form gives me cramps. In schools, we’re constantly debating getting rid of handwriting as part of the curriculum; it’s starting to feel like an unnecessary appendage, sort of like multiplication tables once you’ve taught kids to use a calculator. But how sad that would be, somehow!

    And I absolutely believe that it’s easier to be virulent or rude in typed communication, if only because there’s less brain time used between thought and said thought’s emergence on paper. If people handwrote those local newspaper blogs, you’d see a lot less nastiness.

  3. Phil: I’d love to say I had some fancy gadget (like a Wacom tablet) that did that, but it was just a pen, some paper, and a scanner.

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