WHY READING* WILL GO THE WAY OF HANDWRITING.
I'm not a reader. I graduated Amherst College with honors without being reader (and later survived a year in a philosophy PhD program). This fact has made me apologetic, embarrassed, and above all thankful for the explosive growth of online video. (*By "reading" I mean using symbols on a page to convey a SPECIFIC idea; not 'reading for pleasure').
- •If the intention of writing is to communicate a specific meaning, then it pales in comparison to listening, seeing, feeling, and smelling in its ability to do this.
- •If human language has existed for 24 hours, reading has only existed for 45 minutes; we are far more visual than we are syntactic.
- •The word "red", written in a red font, will always convey more info than "red" written in black.
- •"SMH" is short for "shaking my head". Head-shaking is precisely the kind of gesture that is data-rich, context-dependent, and subtle as hell in a way that "SMH" will simply never capture. You are envisioning actual head-shaking when you read "SMH" BUT you can't actually see (read: understand) the specific instance of head-shaking denoted by "SMH"
- •"Mona Lisa's smile" or seeing it?
- •Reading sheet music, or actually hearing music?
- •This is NOT an dismissal of writers or storytelling; I'd simply rather hear an author tell a story than read it (SO much more information to be garnered from tone of voice, fluctuating volume, meter, emphasis, etc.)