Inked Out

It dries up, runs out. It requires a new ink cartridge. Those that really want to write will go get a refill.

Electronic ink is infinite. The only requirement is that the device stays charged.

Instant communication is forcing people to write more than ever. That’s a good thing. But the quality of writing is declining. Texting shortcuts and emoticons are impacting formal prose.

Ink’s ubiquity and excess is creating a bad habit of half-ass, lazy writing.

Just because ink is limitless and Internet forums democratic doesn’t mean you should publish something half-done. People expect to read clear and concise language.

E-ink is making writing too skinny or too fat and unnecessary. Twitter is perhaps the best medium for expression, forcing only the necessary amount of words and linking out to the rest.

Whatever you post, make it impactful.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.