Alissa Nicole Anthony: The art of writing, on paper

07/25/2014 12:00 AM

07/22/2014 11:53 AM

The art of writing, on paper

I recently visited The Write Image in Cary’s Saltbox Village shopping center to purchase new cardstock. With new pen in hand, writing to family and friends, it struck me – we are closely approaching a great loss in our modern society: the art of writing.

This comes at a time when ad campaigns caution social media users to think about the intent and purpose of their online posts. The keyboard now – rather than the pen – is mightier than the sword. Reputations can be destroyed due to rash postings. Social media access seems to strip away the inhibitions surrounding the integrity of communication, blurring the potential injury served to the writer and recipient if the post is written impulsively for all the world to see.

Hand-written correspondence requires the writer to think clearly about conversational intent and does not allow for impulsive posting of words or pictures. I have not been a user of social media sites for some years now and yet still survive. While I agree that social media has its relative merits, it may be time for our society to stop, drop and write – on paper, that is.

Alissa Nicole Anthony

Cary

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