Comment: Electronic messaging vile and dangerous

Friends texting at bar together
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Comment: WORDS. You read them as you will. Taken on face value, you'd generally think little.

Taken literally, well, you'd think she'd be apples.

But put words into a text message. No context. No non-verbals. No emotion.

OMG! Certainly nothing to LOL about!

No other medium of communication has ever been as vile or as dangerous as electronic messaging.

Be your chosen vehicle SMS, iMessages, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Viber, WhatsApp, whatever … the risk of misinterpretation, unintentional offence and skewed perception is perilously astronomical.

Words, in context and when delivered as intended, can be brutal and devastating weaponry when proffered by the pen or speech of someone who knows how.

So take them out of that context and just watch a conversation explode.

Now, to be fair, I must fess up to being one of those people who once mistook LOL for lots of love instead of laugh out loud and I cannot help but cringe at the use of u instead of you, r instead of are, and tks instead of a nice thank you.

In longer-form prose, there is scope for a style of writing that almost negates the need for the unspoken signals of body language and inflection. But in this short, sharp, abbreviated conversation - the non-words are left to presumption and imagination.

So in tapping your words, in drawing your conversational bow, choose carefully.

In poor choices there is peril; in misinterpretation there is conflict - or all-out war.

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