The power of text

Post 38:

Does text have more power (and meaning) than verbal words?

We are surrounded by text, from the adverts on business windows, to text from our smartphones, but how powerful is text over words and speech?

Text is unfortunately part of our culture today, we use it, read it and comment on it. But are there times when text shouldn’t be used? Take the example of a busy person’s family trying to tell someone that a dear family member is ill. Is it best to leave a quick text message, or be the few who actually leave a voicemail? Can such a text be meaningful, or cause more problems?

Is a blog powerful?

Some people might stumble upon a blog (just like this one) and read it. But what if the content was in video form? Would this add more character? Would the content be enhanced? Or would it simply mean that video (and audio) would mean that content is dumbed down for users. Perhaps this would force all users not to read at all. Would this have an affect on English language? Would this be adding to poor literacy (and numeracy) problems in the UK?

But text can have character

Text that is bold or in CAPITAL letters could emphasise words, such as, shouting or to be ‘more’ important. Italics could mean that text is softer, or actually highlight a verbal quote. Does this defeat the purpose of text?

What’s the point?

The main point is that text and speech are important ways of communicating. But can we be influenced to use one more than another?

Post 38, over and out


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