Do Shy People Make the Best Writers? – Daily Beast

We live in an especially phonocentric age, an age that overprizes speech—that likes to pretend, in fact, that writing is speech. Online prose aspires to the talky and informal, and invites immediate rebuttal below the line. The visual language of texting, with those speech bubbles pinging left and right on your phone, mimics dialogue. One effect of all this is to threaten the status of a defining element of the written sentence: the closing period. In texts and tweets, young people now routinely shun periods, replacing them with line breaks, emojis, kisses, three-dot ellipses, or nothing. On social media, leaving out the period conveys an extempore air, in which replies seem casual and jokes off-the-cuff.


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