Friday, April 8, 2011
a new communication tool
Okay, now, I am man enough to admit that I overuse texting. I hate talking on the phone. I'm not sure why, but it is my belief that there is something vital that is lost in voice communication when one doesn't have the benefit of seeing the other person's face. Communication is perhaps a whole lot more non-verbal than we give it credit for, and perhaps we see and register much, much more from a person's non-verbal cues than we know. Those micro-seconds of expression indicate so much that we can't even consciously comprehend what all is there; we just know and understand more face-to-face.
Of course, something is lost in texting and email messages as well. But perhaps the difference there is that no one pretends or feels the need to pretend that a text message is the same as a conversation. With the phone, it just SEEMS like it should be equivalent. But it is not. It is much worse, and often weird and awkward and forced. Talking on the phone was the worst part about being a music journalist. You have about five seconds to form a rapport with someone who has no idea who you are, and who has to deal with assholes like yourself dozens of times a week, answering the same asinine questions. It is an impossible mission.
Anyway. Found this and thought it was pretty fucking funny.