a reply to: Darkblade71
I take issue with comparing a desire to see better quality of written communication, with bullying someone over the way they speak.
The reason that written communication works best when it is standardised, is that unless it is very carefully constructed, it lacks the ability to
convey complicated and abstract concepts, like emotion, sarcasm, and the like. Grammar is very important for written communication, precisely because
of the limitations of written communication when compared with face to face, verbal communication.
Being in the same room as the person with whom one is conversing, or at least able to see them when they speak, one is engaged in more levels of
communication than are possible via written communication. For example, body language, and the expression upon the face of both speaker and listener,
are part and parcel of a greater medium of discussion. More can be conveyed about the subject matter, by gestures, by a hand on a hip, or a wry smile
or other expression on the face, than one might give credit for.
Again, face to face communication is a multi-stream affair, which is why written communication has to be comprehensive, concise, and clear, in order
to be even half as effective. Although I love both reading, and writing, the fact is that communicating via written word, removes quite a significant
percentage of ones ability to express ones self, and therefore, one has to replace those channels of extra-verbal communication, with more rigorous
attention to detail, if one is to be as well understood as possible.
That is why it is such an important topic for me.
Many of the problems that exist between the peoples of the world, start with differences in communication and cultural practices. It is my belief,
that in order to minimise unnecessary conflict and confusion, the best course of action is to be as clear and concise as possible, to do ones best to
communicate as effectively as one can.