File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 274

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 09:53:06 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Email misunderstandings on Puptcrit?

I recall when I first started communicating over the computer (via 
BBS systems, and FidoNet, which were before the Internet). I noticed 
that the messages carried a tone that seemed much more critical than 
in person when they were making a negative comment.  I knew this 
because I knew some of the people in person.

I think a new style of writing has emerged because of the 
Internet.  It is neither like talking, nor like writing snail-mail 
letters, but something in between. It is funny how it will exaggerate 
negative things, but not exaggerate the positive comments.

Eventually I got used to the difference.  But, the limitations of 
written communication are still there.

Joe Dunfee
Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

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