The Art of Letter Writing
I don’t send a lot of letters. In fact, I could probably count on one hand the number of letters I hand wrote in 2007, not including christmas cards, of course! However, I really want to be a person known for writing thoughtful letters. I want to write thank you notes, ‘just because’ missives, and well-crafted love letters. Instead I send emails. Last year I sent literally thousands of emails, and less than 5 letters, and I can’t help but feel that something has been lost.
Consequently, I decided that today’s theme for the Tumblr blog would be the lost (?) art of letter writing. I found some really interesting links, images, clips etc, and I also put together a new voice thread on the topic which you can view here. In fact one of the reasons why I’m so enthusiastic about Voice Thread is that you can record your comments using either your voice or text. It seems to me that this reinstates a physical intimacy which is often lost through computer screen interactions. It would be lovely to hear the voices of my readers, so if you can get the technology to work, why don’t you try leaving a voice comment?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love technology. I thoroughly enjoy playing with it, creating new projects using it, promoting it etc. I’m certainly not advocating the return to some pre-tech age! I’m just beginning to wonder whether I may have lost the balance between old and new ways of communicating.
I’d love to know what you think about this. Do you still send letters? Do you think in our tech-centred society that we are collectively losing the art of letter writing? And what about voices? In this age of interactivity, is there a place for the human voice, or has it been supplanted by Twitter, MSN and chat forums?