Article: 288657 of talk.bizarre From: Ronan Waide <email@example.com> Newsgroups: talk.bizarre Subject: say what you mean / mean what you say Date: 02 Dec 1996 02:14:33 +0000 Organization: EUnet Ireland customer Lines: 17 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Summary: so I avoided FTSD Written communication is the ultimate in receiver-oriented language. Everything one says is filtered through one's target audience, weighed up in so much context that sometimes a single word is enough to precipitate a whole plethora of emotions and actions - often in error. Simple inflections in speech, visual signals such as facial gestures and even timing of delivery are all dispensed with in this medium. Thus it requires a much more precise command of language than, perhaps, one would normally use. So when I tell you that you seem to have completely ignored everything I said to you about manifestations of friendship, you'll just have to figure out for yourself if I'm laughing, crying or bleeding into my keyboard. Your move. Waider.