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Texting Instead

Texting has become a way to avoid conversation and actual communication with people. We abbreviate words, and shorten sentences to be as small as possible. We read and converse less and less. Like the powerpoint, problem we have shrunk our good content to something that sometimes barely gets the message across. Although people who text instead of actually talk like it that way, where the audience of a bad presentation would not.

I think our world is becoming lazy and based around social media. And the social media, or the way we communicate through devices is becoming lazy too. So I’m wondering if there will ever be a point where texting and social media communicators will think that that kind of communication no longer is respectful and fresh.

Jessica

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Casey
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I love the quote from the Tuft reading that says, “PowerPoint is like a school play- very loud, very slow and very simple.” Its so true that PowerPoint has become the end-all be all for teaching..and in some cases the presentation itself is meant to convey the valued meaning of the presentation or lesson..when really its the person using the PowerPoint tool that should be conveying the value of whatever they are presenting. I agree with you Jessica that our world’s communication styles have changed (i.e. online or text message interactions vs. face to face). We as a culture seem to rely too much on the technology to do the work for us and while there is real value in social media communication, I believe Tufte is right in his thinking that we use technology as a crutch instead of as an enhancement.

Amarilis
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I think one of the things that move people to prefer technology instead of face to face communication, is that they have much control of what they said, and how they said. They can create a different personality (in most cases a suitable personality). They show as they want to be recognized, not necessarily as they actually are.

Will
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Jessica and Amarilis, you both point out some of the issues surrounding asynchronous communication (messages that aren’t seen/heard/read at the same time you sent the message). When compared with synchronous communication such as a face to face meeting, video call, or telephone call, there is a while bunch of stuff missing that makes us feel a little uneasy. Emotions are muted, the lack of context in a message or delay of a message could have may interpretations, and the people you’re texting with have the opportunity to present themselves in a different way. Many times it’s just plain easier to speak on the phone with someone for a minute or two vs. spending 3 hours sending unclear messages back and forth (I wonder if kids growing up in the internet/texting generation know this…).

Definitely why we always resort to face to face meetings when we’re on a dating or interviewing for jobs. The other person doesn’t have that opportunity to craft their message, they have to give feedback instantly and send their messages rather quickly and [hopefully] honestly.

Annette
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I don’t think social media will ever get to the point where that kind of communication no longer is respectful and fresh. Our generation is changing and we are going along with what is happening in our lives. We’re so used to this kind of communication, we use it everywhere, Facebook, texting, twitter, emails.

Alexandra
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Jessica, I liked your post because in a way mine was just like it. I wrote about how our generation is constantly looking for new ways to make things easier on ourselves which sacrifices learning and educating ourselves. i think the texting was a perfect example of how our world has gotten so much easier. Back then, letters were written and mailed and now we can get a simple message across by texting the words, “Lol ily”. It’s almost like a different language. Good choice for the illustration!

Andrea
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Wow, everyone has such valid and interesting comments on this post! Alexandra, I agree with your statement, it’s amazing how we’re always looking for ways to make things easier on ourselves. I wonder what the next generation will be like after us. What ever happened to face to face communication and hard work?

Mallory
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When I first started reading the article about PowerPoint I thought it was going to object to formatting and software type issues but found it very interesting the points that the article addressed in terms of our lack of creativity as a society. PowerPoint has become the go to resource for all presentations and it is expected in all settings. There is certainly nothing creative about that.

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