Without wires


Communication once traveled at the same speed people walked. Mailed letters mimicked the modern-day article, well-written and summarized, sometimes an outpouring of opinion or emotion.

Today, best email practices advise against writing more than five crisp, coherent sentences. Digital readers lose focus after that. As a result, messages get written and read with extreme urgency.

The irony of digital speed is that it facilitates a lot of unnecessary discussions. People prefer to converse with equally fast respondents. “Snapchat” is eponymous.

But such rapidity is producing opportunities for slow media. Weekly digest emails are getting more popular. Instead of multiple emails and blog posts, writers are consolidating links of ideas and recommendations. Lists are a popular reading format.

Wireless digital communication is the status quo. Networks are only getting faster. People are pushing image-based status updates rather than text.

Resisting technological advances means missing out, an emerging preference for those nostalgic for the old days when we thought more deeply and made exchanges at the “slower” speed of wires.

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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.