|08-07-2009, 02:09 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2007
While i agree with your basic premise about face to face communication being more effective than long-distance, I think you give up on textual communication too easily. In particular you say:
Now I accept that crafting writing in such a way as to ellicit a particular response is hard and that most people lack the sufficient experience to do it, but that is an issue orthogonal to whether or not text by itself is 'dull' or is life like. By simply dismissing text as 'dull' you are ignoring the fact that the primary medium of communication between people over long distances has been text and that books and letters have often spawned great acts and generated emotional responses from people across space and time.
On another note, I also disagree with your hypothesis that IM is a step up from email. I like email for exactly the same reason that you dislike it: it is fundamentally asynchronous. I like being able to think through my responses and say exactly what I want to say without having to worry about whether or not the other person will say something before I've finished. I dislike phone calls for the same reasons: there's too much pressure to act without thinking. In fact, the only situations in which I engage in an IM conversation is if it's with a friend where we're brainstorming or talking about something that isn't really very important and so it doesn't quite matter what we say. In fact, I wrote a blog post about why I'm not giving up email just yesterday.
In conclusion, while your core message still makes perfect sense, I think you make a number of generalizations without fully thinking the matter through.
|08-10-2009, 12:36 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Leeds, UK
i guess what you're saying is true to an extent, i totally agree about thinking responses through. sometimes it's best to be spontaneous though.
i know that given a choice between text, im, email and face to face, i'd always choose the face to face. it's just so much easier to communicate. skype and video calling isn't a bad option, if you're in different countries for example. face to face is still the best though.
|08-10-2009, 03:49 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2008
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