technology has changed the way we use words…
if we restrict a quick analysis to the major modes of communication used now (we could include ancient writing, but will not at the moment), we could make some brief observations about the different kinds…
- journals, encyclopedias and textbooks – characterised by their scholarship, which (lest we forget) is basically interaction with the thought of others.
- published book (with proper publisher) – a sustained statement (or argument or story), which was likely researched, drafted, revised etc.
- magazine article (decently respected mag) – a shortened version of a larger argument or conversation – again, research and refinement, etc.
- newspaper article – an even more condensed piece, yet still some research and refinement needed.
- website or professional blog – considered statements for whatever purpose – the more refinement the better, etc.
- personal blog – more off-the-cuff thoughts – “research” = (often) googling
- Facebook status update – 99.3% of the time, time-wasting, boredom-prolonging nonsense (i.e. i had “this” for dinner, etc.)
- twitter updates – humanity has gone too far :) nobody needs to know what you are up to that often