Thursday, May 23, 2013

From messaging to e-books: Channels and editing

No house should ever be ON a hill.  It should be OF the hill.
Two fusty but feisty academics rue the demise of edited writing.

Ac 01: "I went looking for a quote on architecture. There was the usual wisdom from the greats, like Frank Lloyd Wright saying, 'No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.' Then there was a bunch of quotes from celebrities, there was one from a some singer who was quoted as saying 'Architecture? Yes, that’s something I like.'”

Ac 02: Huh. I know what you mean. A banal spoken aside gets listed as a famous quote just because it came out of a mouth that thousands of teenagers go to see at a rock concert?

Dredging through the amount of banal spoken speech recorded as written speech is becoming daunting.

Was something lost when we stopped deciphering the squiggles of print and instead began squinting at digital flickers?

And in writing, does a thrown together salad count for more than a measured slice of sashimi? Is the contemporary digital-driven preference for the short and sharp the victory of the Spontaneous over the Rehearsed?

Perhaps it just depends on where you are looking.

The table below suggests a continuum: informal to formal; short to long, staccato to smooth, bullet points to reasoned argument and creative writing… The medium shapes the message.

public (private)
public (private)
SMS, WhatsApp, LINE
@gmail, @yahoo, Outlook

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