Sunday, July 16, 2006
Problems of Technology
I really like the blog format. I think it is cool that we can read peoples' thoughts and we can comment if we choose. I also appreciate on-line forums. (I know, the plural of forum is fora but that just sounds weird.) I like being able to exchange ideas with others around the globe.
But what I have found out about on-line things: I need to be more careful of what I type. We don't get voice inflection when we type so sometimes things and we can't see the person's face. So we often attribute the wrong thing to what is typed.
What I wonder is why we seem to place the worst spin on what the person typed? Wouldn't it just be easier to assume that the person was being nice?
But also, I think we may feel more liberty to be mean to people on-line. We don't know the person, we can't see the person, we don't see the effect of our comments. So maybe we feel more freedom to be snide. I don't know.
I do know that I need to be more explicit when I write something. I need to be sure that I am saying what I want and not make too big of an assumption about what I type.