The lost art of letter writing October 21, 2009Posted by Lauren Cooke in Blogs, Crafting, Life, Chatter & Politics, Wordy Business.
Tags: blog swaps, communciation, letter writing, Social Media
Life isn’t being very kind to my friends at the moment, and I can only say that I desperately hope I can help them through the bad times and that they will be OK again as time passes. Life is mean sometimes, and resisting dropping into that pit of dark dark depression and pessimism is more difficult now than it has been in a while.
Anyway, miserable-ness aside, I am currently involved in a letter writing blog swap with the lovely Sarah Lee from xo.sorcha.ox. The task is to write each other a letter on any topic and send them. As she lives in Oz and I in the UK, I am looking forward to some trans-continental communications, and am just hoping that my rudimentary letter writing skills are good enough!
You see, this letter writing business got me thinking about how the art of written communication has all but died. Once upon a time it was the only way that messages of love, and passion, and sadness could be conveyed to distant cousins and far away climes. Now, however, we text and we message – and as useful as these are there is a certain chunk of culture that is dying and fading away.
After all, eloquence isn’t a pre-requisite in texting. Flowery language, elegant prose and a wide vocabulary in fact defeat the point, and are avoided so as to keep the word count down. Where once communication was often just for the sake of communication, it is now based on achieving goals, or communicating specific information. Writing a letter because you love someone and want to stay in contact – it is pretty much unheard of in the modern age.
I have friends who are letter writing moguls. Their correspondence boxes are jam packed with delicate cards, scented paper, fountain pens and other such crafty creations. They write thank you cards and “missing you” letters, and don’t rely on the internet or technology to keep them in touch.
Having written my letter (on the computer I am afraid, I don’t have good enough handwriting to write a whole letter by hand!), I am sold to the whole idea. Hopefully Sarah will want to keep the contact up, and I may even have a new writing buddy. I need to train myself to write thank you cards, and to become a true writer.
Do you write letters? Do you think that the art is dying? Or, perhaps, you think letter writing should die and is irrelevant for modern times?