Saturday, November 16, 2013
Our changing times
When we were young our Mum encouraged us to write letters. We never failed to write home if we went away for a holiday and when we left home letters were still an expectation.
Along came the internet and with it e-mails.
I really liked this form of communication - the speed, compared to snail mail, was great. With it, though, came a more casual air about how we talk to each other. I used to work under a senior manager who thought it okay to e-mail communications without any form of capitals or punctuation. I found that very difficult to come to terms with.
That was nothing compared to texting. If Linda went to town and I remembered we needed something I would text, 'Can you please buy eggs at the supermarket?' My sons came to visit and were appalled. Mum you just write, 'Get eggs.' Somehow it did not sit right with me to text like that.
Advance to the world of social media and with it FaceBook and Twitter and it can all become a bit bewildering for someone like me in my sixties.
Never mind, I can be considered to be making good use of 'blogging' - another form of communication in our changing times.