Writing. Something that we are all familiar with, some more than others. We use it in our everyday lives, going about the day and using it to accomplish what needs to be done. In the world, some people view writing as a tedious activity that is unnecessary, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. As you are aware, writing is always changing; adapting to the times to suit the needs of us humans. As time goes on, the technology that we invent is changing how we use writing and slowly the definitions of writing are becoming hazier.
Writing is a tool, something that is forever changing and adapting so that it can best fit those who wield it. Back when writing was invented, there were no such things as computers, pens, and pencils. Writing was composed of a wedging tool and clay in order to track the business transactions of the Sumerian people (Baron). So, how is it that writing has changed so much over time?
“When we write with cutting-edge tools, it is easy to forget that whether it consists of energized particles on a screen or ink embedded in paper or lines gouged into clay tablets, writing itself is always first and foremost a technology, a way of engineering materials in order to accomplish an end” (Baron). As citizens of the twenty-first century we are well aware of how quickly and vastly technologies can change in a short period of time. Scientists design these technologies to best fit the needs of the people, so why can’t writing change?
Pens, pencils and typewriters all brought monumental changes to the way writing took place. These technologies allowed writing to become faster and more wide ranged than in previous years. Then came the computer, followed by the internet. This left a huge impact in the world of writing as these two technologies led to new ways of writing. Now people did not need to hand write letters and wait days for a response, they can send an email and receive a response on the very same day.
One of the largest changes that the internet brought about with the way we write is with social media. Social media led to the development of a short writing style, where one wrote back and forth and made casual sentences as to what happened in their day. This change in writing shows how humans have changed writing in order for it to better fit in with their own needs and desires.
With these new technologies, the definition of writing has also gotten confused. When asked what writing is, the answer changed from person to person. Within a small group the definition varies greatly, showing that people are confused. This could possibly be a side effect of so many changing technologies.
Some debate whether or not a selfie can be considered writing. In truth, the picture itself is not writing, it is a type of communication. Nowadays some people are getting communication and writing confused. Some view that communication is an aspect of writing, when in actuality it is the other way around. Writing is just one of the many branches...