Try to imagine a world without a single written document.
It’s crazy, isn’t it?
Ever since humans learned to document the world around them, writing, in its most basic form, has proven an invaluable tool for us in trying to understand life. Which is why it is nigh unimaginable for us to think what life would have been like if humanity hadn’t come up with the written word.
Which is why it is somewhat disheartening to know that the traditional way of writing -- putting ink on paper -- is slowly going the way of the Dodo, being replaced with words on a screen, made up of innumerable 1s and 0s.
Typing a word on an electronic device is nowhere near as personal, if anything it is far more detached.
While it might seem hypocritical of me to whine about writing while also typing up this article on a computer, it is, sadly, a sign of how progress works.
Exactly how did the advent of the internet and digital text spell doom for the written word?
The answer is simple: The modern way is more convenient. For instance, software such as Microsoft Word provide ways through which one can expedite their writing, they offer better space allocation, the ability to correct grammar and language, and is even smart enough to suggest rewrites where necessary.
Writing by hand can often be a painful and arduous procedure, not to mention incredibly slow if you aren’t used to it to a great degree. Introduce the internet, and the written word might as well be a thing of the past
In addition, writing by hand can often be a painful and arduous procedure, not to mention incredibly slow if you aren’t used to it to a great degree. Introduce the internet, and the written word might as well be a thing of the past.
With the advent of social media, people are spending more time online than they are in the real world. Our primary mode of interaction with others is done through the internet, which means that we are slowly getting more used to typing.
Bangladesh is seeing an ever-increasing number of new media-obsessed users, who, far from writing, don’t even find time to read anything, either online or offline. They are far more used to watching videos and listening to audio cues in consuming online content.
A transition in the practice of writing is, hence, being observed from these trends.
These trends are, of course, indicative of the future. Although it is a bit difficult to assume the ultimate fate of the written word, ie whether we will be able to sustain it for some time or whether it will be completely eliminated from our lives.
Sayeed Ovi is a freelance contributor.