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I was watching a programme about the First World War & was touched by the recollections of a child of that time. He talked about the last letter his father wrote to his mother. His father was in France dying of his wounds but the letter was bright & up beat. The soldier’s purpose was to leave a positive memory for his wife so that she could carry on after he had gone. Such thoughtfulness on the choice of each word despite being in such pain.
Nearly one hundred years later we are still using the written word to communicate. The wait for the postman is too long now because we crave speed. Email has revolutionized the way we link with each other & has now made our world a very tiny place indeed.
Twitter has taken it to an even greater extreme. We press those little buttons & have our thoughts zinging through the ether. If you’re engaged in a ‘conversation’, tweets cross & before you know where you are, confusion reigns. As the absent owner of this blog mentioned to me ‘Once it’s out there, it’s out there! Is this a safe way to converse? Is this progress from the ‘hand written’ word? 140 characters that have to show intonation, shade as well as meaning. Is that possible? Mistakes can be difficult to rectify.