The Art Of Written Communication Is Not Dead, It's Just Resting
Take courage! David Gelernter informs us in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that English can withstand what's being done to it by the keys of computers and phones. After all, it was e-mail that "saved the personal letter from extinction by moving it online." Yet one must be wary.
Digital words seem cheap because they are, and they grow cheaper by the day.
As a precaution against such cheapening of language, he suggests we unplug our devices for a bit. He seems to have faith that the human brain can communicate profoundly in writing if it isn't confined to little boxes with "Post" buttons and there's no temptation of using punctuation to express emotion.
I, for one, am relieved that the solution is so simple. I was worried the problem was with people and not the medium.