10 December 2007

On handwritten vs typed text

I was thinking about perfect-looking text, like the stuff you're reading now that's been typed by a computer instead of written by my hand:
'Back in the day', before we could just reproduce letters and write shit out so that it looks perfect and all the letters were identical, this sort of effect had to be attempted by hand. when achieved, it exuded an aesthetic of extreme labour and care; it proved that TONNES of work went into rendering each letter, and thus there was a sort of air of dignity and a special beauty to it.
now, however, such fancy perfect-looking lettering is EVERYWHERE, since it's easier than life to reproduce letters. therefore, it's lost this air of specialness and dignity, and it's become way more common in our visual landscape than hand-written text.
thus, it feels, at least to me, as if now hand-written text, despite how sloppy or quick it looks, is the sort of text that gives an air of effort and care, not to mention intimacy, and computerised text is the lazy choice. so yeah, i was just thinking about this weird shift.

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Blogger Anchor said...

I guess since everybody's on the same level in terms of aesthetics when it comes to typing, we're just going to have to worry more about what we write rather than how we write it. Hopefully that'll motivate people on the internet to be more intelligent when they write something.

You are right though. It seems quite silly that some little illegible scribbling I did actually involved more effort and personal connection than an essay I wrote on my computer, but that's the way it is.

December 10, 2007 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...

who is you?

December 11, 2007 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Anchor said...

It's me, Tristan Murphy! How could you forget who I am after we made such sweet, sweet, passionate music together.

December 15, 2007 at 12:43 AM  

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