The medium of creation and consumption is critical

One could argue that writing is writing – it’s all communication – whether it’s scratches on a cave wall, glyphs in stone, ink on papyrus, pencil on paper, typed characters on bond stationery, or digits in the ether.  I disagree.  In writing and reading, no less than in art, the medium of creation and consumption is critical to a work’s effect.  That’s not to say that writing longhand is better than writing on a typewriter, or that writing on a typewriter is better than writing on a laptop; rather, it’s to say that each of these acts is different from the others and will yield different types of prose.  All writers and even the most casual readers sense this.

Bill Morris

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