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The Danger Of The Written Word
How funny it is that as easily as lifting someone's spirits you can also devastate them with a few choice words. The courage to 'say something out loud' seems to be exponentially enhanced by a keyboard or touch screen and things hitherto you would never dream of saying when face to face with someone you seem to find yourself blurting out via the power of the worldwide web. But worse than just saying something in the heat of the moment you have broadcast it permanently to everyone you know ( and some you don't depending on how hot you are with your privacy settings). A misplaced exclamation mark can turn a sentence from a joke to an arrogant tease in one person's eyes. Caps locks apparently mean you are aggressive and shouty and woe betide you if you put a comma in the wrong place and completely alter the emphasis of an innocent sentence ! ( sorry to anyone I offended with that overexcited symbol by the way ). It seems that the only way to survive in the internet communication world is to spell everything out very clearly with over detailed definitions at all times and never, ever think that sarcasm works in the written form.
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