File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 279

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 14:01:19 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Email misunderstandings on Puptcrit?

Joe Dunfee: >>>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.
It is interesting, this email stuff.

I had the idea that as we write as if we are talking, we tend to be a 
bit kidding and sarcastic, joking, like in conversation. Well that 
joking around often comes across in email as being mean and snarky 
since we can't defuse our irony with a smile or tone of voice.

And... there are difficult people out there. I pull over and let them 
go by, just like on the highway.
Ed A

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