Many blame the Internet for the deterioration of communication. But our tech columnist thinks we're still telling great stories, we're just doing it a different way.
Digital naysayers blame the Internet for the deterioration of human communication.
The long handwritten cards of days past turned into poorly punctuated text messages. In-depth reporting became attention-grabbing headlines. Public discourse went from full-length letters to the editor to trash talking in the comments section and meaningless retweets.
Complicated ideas, it seems, don’t stand a chance in a world of instant messages, texts, status updates, and tweets.
In some ways, it’s hard to argue: It would have been hard for the Founding Fathers to publish the Federalist Papers on Tumblr (the comments would be overridden with “tl;dr”). Elizabeth Cady Stanton wouldn’t have been able to tweet the Declaration of Sentiments (even with a #SenecaFalls48 hashtag). And Martin Luther couldn’t have posted his 95 Theses on someone’s Facebook wall. (No thumbnail photo? Not interested!)
It seems like we’re on a slippery slope toward a culture devoid of context—a world in which narrative storytelling is dead.
[Photo courtesy of Ari Helminein.]
Via Gregg Morris