National Writing Day

October 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Now there’s the computer and the internet. In the digital age, anyone with a laptop, a wi-fi card, and a place to sit at Starbucks can put material into cyberspace. The digital revolution means everyone’s an author, every day is National Writing Day. And this sudden democratizing of the writing process generates its own set of complaints:

* it’s wrong to give so many people access to authorship — after all, most people won’t be very good at, and some people are going to write things that we don’t agree with

* computers make writing too easy — something so important should only come with effort — no pain, no gain — maybe we should increase the entrance fees?

* we need to control, license, censor what’s on the ‘net: after all, the web is full of lies, misinformation, nonsense, pornography, fraud, Nigerian money scams, and hate, not to mention all those pictures of little cats

But despite the complaints, writers everywhere are grabbing their keyboards…

clipped from illinois.edu

It’s National Writing Day: I wrote today, did you?

Senate Resolution 310 proclaims today, Oct. 20, as the National Day on Writing.
With everybody except a few conservatives celebrating writing, it might surprise us to look back and see that people once thought writing was actually a bad thing

Socrates also objected to writing because it wasn’t interactive — this was long before instant messaging — and because the written word gave only a distant and incomplete picture of the reality to which it referred. Writing, Socrates complained, can’t answer questions the way a real live human being can. If you ask a piece of paper something, all it can do is repeat the same words over and over. Writing, Socrates told his companion Phaedrus, is like a broken record.

And it’s not just writing. Every time a new communication technology comes along, critics complain about it.
And the typewriter? Even worse — it not only increased the distance between the author, the written word, and the reader,

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