Friday, June 03, 2005

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Since my line of work is communications, I have to think a lot about the "audience." (Uh . . . I know there are some folks in communications who don't actually think about anything more than the bottom line and have little to no thought about the audience being anything more than objects to be sold to, but we're ignoring that at the moment.) Understanding said "audience" requires studying such topics as generational issues, worldview, postmodernism, etc.

Whether you are eagerly lapping at the stream of all things postmodern or scoffing at the so-called emerging insights that you think are classic or just plain old apathetic is of course totally your choice, your experience, your business (here's hoping you're noticing the postmodern thought being applied while being discussed!). However, you're here . . . reading this . . . so you must be somewhat interested in what someone else has to say . . . or you're simply curious about the . . .

Well, here's the thing.

Today, my friend and I were discussing . . . She likes using them when she writes. I suggested that perhaps her need to keep the flow going might be coupled with her flair for the post-m world. She doesn't like commas, semi-colons, singular periods and the like. Could it be she finds them too confining? Or is it she doesn't want to subject anyone to the control of her choice of punctuation?

I offered up a possible internal dialogue:

"I might put a comma there but hey, if you want to pause longer and want to treat it as long as a period, have at it! Or if you want to really linger, let's pretend it's an ellipses. In fact, let's just use ellipses then you can pay attention to one period, multiples or just rush right by it. Me, subject you to the WAY you should read this? yea, verily, i will not . . . "

Interesting to think that even in the ways we place the words on a page, we can often find ourselves "leading the witness" . . . .

1 comment:

Jean said...

Was it "E"? I saw her blog the other day and you are right that...sure does change something in the message...it seems more down to earth...more from the hip...more...just more...