An Evolution in Writing

A Guest Blog by Melanie Slaugh.

Remember when we used to read books and magazines? Remember when everyone got the newspaper, and sat down at the breakfast table, unfolding each paper page by page? Remember those days… maybe just a little? With things like the internet, online publications, blogs, tablets and e-readers, writing has taken a drastic turn from the writing we once knew.

1. Timeliness of News
At one point news only came to you from someone tossing a newspaper on your doorstep in the early morning hours or because you picked one up from the store or gas station. This meant that you received all your news from either the TV or the paper – and it was a thick paper with equally thick pages chock full of material. With e-readers, tablets, laptops and smartphones, though, the news is literally at our fingertips. Because we’re able to obtain news as it’s breaking, newspapers have shrunk in size and quality, they’ve become an outdated afterthought, unless you’re one of the few people that still likes to sit down at the table with your coffee and paper.

2. Writing Well
Because the internet allows us to access news as it’s occurring there is less focus on writing with grammatical correctness. Sure, we still hope that everything flows in a cohesive and correct manner, but the focus has shifted from who wrote it the best to who wrote it and published it the fastest. This has resulted in less well-refined and polished stories and more hurried content thrown up on a website so that they came claim bragging rights for “who broke the news first”. Writing quickly has trumped writing well.

3. Anyone’s an Expert
Blogging has transformed the way we look at so-called experts within certain fields. With enough time spent blogging about a subject anyone can call themselves an expert, whether they have any formal training in the subject matter or not. This is a huge contrast to the old-fashioned view of finding actual experts with credentials to validate articles, and has led to a lot of people relying on unqualified bloggers for information that should actually have been obtained from a qualified professional.

4. Publishing, what’s that?
With tablets allowing you to download books instantly, a lot of authors have switched from going through the whole publishing process to making books available in e-reader format only. This cuts back on the time and cost associated with getting a book printed, and allows instant access, as well as nearly eliminates the need for the more traditional methods of obtaining books such as libraries. And while convenience may win out in this instance, it’s a little sad that the feel of actually holding a book and turning its pages is slowly dying out.

5. Promotional Tactics
Before e-readers and the internet authors promoted their works by getting in front of the camera or going on book tours around the country. Now they send out email blasts, link to their book in blogs, and promote on websites. The actual face time that gives people that real-life connection to an author is eliminated.

While e-readers, tablets, and the internet have made it overwhelmingly easy to get written works in the blink of an eye, what has been lost is the connection that you get from picking up a printed book or paper. There’s a certain quality of printed works that is lost when translated onto an electronic screen. There’s no doubt writing will continue to evolve as technology does, let’s just hope that the quality doesn’t completely disappear.

Author Bio

Melanie Slaugh is enthusiastic about the growing prospects and opportunities of various industries and writing articles on various consumer goods and services as a freelance writer. She writes extensively for internet service providers and also topics related to internet service providers in my area for presenting the consumers, the information they need to choose the right Internet package for them. She can be reached at slaugh.slaugh907 @ gmail.com.

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What’s the longest you’d want to live without internet access?

This question is both challenging and easy to answer. I am a member of a technology based generation. We communicate on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, and a variety of other social networking services. We communicate via e-mail and blog. We communicate via text messages. We communicate via instant messages.

To be frank, I often want to turn it all off. I often want to say, “No you can’t know the details of my life when you’re not a part of it without my consent or knoweldge.” I often want to say, “If you really care about me, then you will take the time to call me or meet with me”.

Today it’s too easy for everyone to get involved in everyone’s lives. Why do they care whether or not you went to the bathroom? Why do they care that you went to so and so club on so and so night? What does it matter? How does it mean anything to their lives? It can’t. It can’t mean anything when you have 1000 friends on Facebook. That’s a lot of stalking you need to do. And furthermore, who would WANT to spend all that time “Keeping up with the Jonses”? That time would be better spent living our own lives. If we want to share it online, that’s our choice, not our requirement for friendship.

So to answer the above question, I could spend the rest of my life without internet access. Rather, it would be fabulous if it were possible, since unfortunately we are constantly being bombarded by the internet, it comes into our lives whether we want it to or not. In effect, I seek to live a life with the least amount of internet useage as possible that way the people who matter will show me that they care about me because they will take the time to come to speak to me they will make the time to see me. Otherwise, Facebook can keep their fairweather friends.

Ariel Ceylan,
Over and Out