Text vs. spoken communication

Now, I’ve been online for over… crap over ten years. So I have a good feeling for the difference between text vs. spoken vs. actually in person communication, but sometimes even I can forget the difference.

I realized it tonight when talking to my mom. I’ve been really digging the podcast Comedy4Cast. It’s short, hilarious and I have been laughing till I cried over some of the shows.

I emailed a couple to my dad, and he sent an email back that seemed like he enjoyed it, but not entirely crazy about it. Fastforward to tonight when I talked to my mom. She said, “your dad was laughing and laughing at the episode.”

Huh? It’s amazing how much is lost in the translation. I guess that’s why I’ve been enjoying podcasting. You can hear someone’s tone and inflection. A lot more two-dimensional than actually reading their words. I’ve been doing the Twitter thing for awhile now and loving it. Why? I am not sure. It’s part voyerism, part a way to really learn something about other people. My life is pretty much an open book most of the time – so twittering is fun.

That said, I think I communicate who I am more with words than with my spoken word. It’s very interesting the levels of communication and how all of them work together to make cohesive whole.

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  1. Posted April 20, 2007 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    As someone who was recently without spoken word ability, I totally agree.

  2. Posted April 20, 2007 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I know what you mean. I’ve been doing the online talking thing for…err like 16 years? Erase that part from your mind!!! Back then we didn’t do smiley faces, but it’s changed and necessary to give people a clue as to how you’re saying your words. I always said that once I talked to someone on the phone or in person, talking to them on the computer feels very one dimensional. They don’t seem like the same person.

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