by Clive Thompson
"We are now a global culture of avid writers, one almost always writing for anaudience. When you write something online—whether it’s a one-sentence status update, a comment on someone’s photo, or a thousand-word post—you’re doing it with the expectation that someone might read it, even if you’re doing it anonymously.
"Having an audience can clarify thinking. It’s easy to win an argument inside your head. But when you face a real audience, you have to be truly convincing....
"Yet studies have found that the effort of communicating to someone else forces you to pay more attention and learn more."