This is the eighth chapter of my chapter-by-chapter review of John Dyer’s “From the Garden to the City.” You can read my other posts here.
Words aren’t ever taken at face value.
The words we use are only part of the conversation. When someone is talking, we hear them in light of our past experiences with them, based on their tone, on their inflection, on their body language.
Media communication works the same way. If I send you a text message and a snail mail letter, they carry different meanings. An old fashioned letter in the mail carries more weight. Few people keep encouraging emails for years and years, but I know plenty of individuals with boxes of old cards.
Telling my wife I love her via text is cute, writing her a letter is romantic.
In today’s culture the huge temptation is to send texts or facebook messages. Or if I’ve got time, a full blown email. Rarely do we call, and even more rare is the letter in the mail. But we lose something when we only use the most recent technology. The most recent technology turns conversation into a newspaper. We don’t talk. I give you information. We never get into how life is going, because our conversation is on a need to know basis.
What form of communication do you use the most? What’s your favorite reason for using it?
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