June 7, 2010
Posted: 1844 GMT

Hello everyone,

Today's New York Times article on technology's potentially nefarious effects on our lives really hit home for me.

"Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information," the New York Times reported in a front page story.

And boy do I have issues: since I started writing this note, an old friend from high school sent me a Facebook instant message (which I clicked on and read and answered); 5 people have responded to my question on Twitter (I'm resisting the urge to read them); and I have received 3 emails (distracting me even further).

Mine is the last generation to have sent and received handwritten letters. Mine is the last generation to have set up dates and meetings with friends on a landline telephone.

I remember with such fondness waiting for the (snail) mail to arrive when I was a teenager in boarding school in Normandy. The days a letter arrived for me, with my name – Hala Basha – written in cursive lettering on the envelope, gave me a thrill stronger than any text message or email.

The ritual of letter-reading was as important as the letter itself: opening the envelope, unfolding the paper, finding a quiet spot to read its content.

There was also the knowledge that if someone took the time to write me a letter and I took the time to respond, it meant that we cared enough about each other to make a special effort to communicate.

Today, communication is cheap. It takes seconds to send an email. It takes no time at all to instant message. We can have a regular, satisfying friendship with someone for years without once seeing what their handwriting looks like.

The sad irony is that technology, while allowing us to be more inter-connected than ever before, has also pushed us away from each other: where is the intimacy in a text? Now that we all have hundreds of "friends" on Facebook – people we often barely know – how many of them are true mates we spend time with in real-life, spend vacations with or invite to weddings and birthday parties?

And the truth is that there is no going back. It would simply mean you're disconnected from the real world. And you'd probably be the only one.

So I won't be throwing away my Blackberry or closing down my Twitter page. But every few years when I'm in Paris, I look through a box of worn yellowed letters I keep stored away in my bedroom and re-read some of them. Just for old times' sake.

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Edson Siquara   June 7th, 2010 7:26 pm ET

It is interesting to realize that this sort of thing happens throughout the World and those that are not “in” will be sooner or later. I´ve been realizing that we´re giving those sources of information a few seconds before changing channels, and that include people as well. If the first seconds of a conversation doesn´t seem interesting, you want the person to stop, even if you don´t actually ask for that… I decided to work hard to avoid all that, using or not technology in the way.

Ken Lundberg   June 7th, 2010 7:35 pm ET

Loved your article Hala...Loved how you described getting the letter in the mail,with your name on it..... And the fact that someone actually sat down and wrote you a letter. Just to take that write it, put it in an envelope, and then put a stamp on it, and then mail it......That was special. And I dearly miss it as well.


Patricia   June 7th, 2010 7:51 pm ET

I am in total agreement with you Hala;letter writing is a lost art!

Recently a friend and I resurrected it. He missed it as much as I. There is nothing like a hand-written letter. Seeing a persons handwriting is akin to a window unto their soul. So personal and it tells much about the person.

Hopefully one day people will bore of tapping away on a keyboard,whether large or small and perhpas this timeless habit may see a renaissance.
Here's hoping!

Keira   June 7th, 2010 7:51 pm ET

Great points you make!! Having said that, I was never fond of writing letters. The last one was to my parents freshman year in college...back when "A League of their Own" came out (you all do the math) 🙂

However, my closest friends are still, to this day, the girls I went to high school with. Most of us had lost touch w/ each other and Facebook got us together again. We have made trips to see each other - we're spread all over the US & Puerto Rico - so social media helped us re-connect. Yes it is impersonal and can keep people alienated in a way, but it also helps us re-connect. Both sides make excellent points.

Keira 🙂

Patricia, Mid-Atlantic Region   June 7th, 2010 7:59 pm ET

I am in total agreement with you Hala! Letter wiriting is a lost art, and such a shame it is.

Recently a friend and I resurrected this form of communication; he missed it as much as I. There is nothing as personal, one's handwriting is rather akin to a "window unto their soul". It can reveal so much about a person. It also means so much that someone would take the time to sit down and put pen to paper.

Hopefully one day, folks will bore of tapping away at keyboards large and small and perhaps this timeless means of communication shall experience a sort of renaissance.

Here's hoping!

Michael   June 7th, 2010 8:11 pm ET

Dear Hala,
Yours are interesting reflections on old forms of communication and really quite enjoyable (to read your description of the "ritual of letter-reading"–a nostalgia for lost movements, sensations in one's fingers, finding places to read). What you have written also must resonate with many people, across generations, even those for whom the idea is unimaginably quaint. Not even quaint; perhaps just unimaginable.

Letters are not dead nor is there is no going back to them, as you write. Your friend who addressed you with your boarding school name knew this: time is gone, but it is also always there, like an old gesture, a name, an old feeling in your fingers you had forgotten or thought was gone.

To write letters today might seem like a refusal, one risking that one would be disconnecting oneself from the "real world"–what is that world if it abandons these more meaningful things for the speed and efficiency of instantaneous networks and leaves us feeling bereft, mourning what is lost? Is that not also a feeling of being alone?

Writing a letter to a friend, an old lover, to a child or parent is, as you say, a token of care. It is also an act of remembering the world–a world of forms that seem lost to progress or change, but nonetheless remain right there waiting to be reactivated, recirculated, called back into life.

Your thoughts on letters have, no doubt, caused many to be written today–maybe to a young woman away at boarding school or a man in another country; a hundred letters even, written this day, signed, folded up and sealed, mailed, waiting to be read.


Jakup   June 7th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

Nice touch with the letter to Fionnuella, to underline your point!
It´s important allright!
Well well all the best from Scandinavia!

Thot   June 7th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Beautiful said Hala.
I’ve a box like that filled with letters and postcards mostly from my mum, my granddad and my cousin from South Africa.
They are like little treasures to me because in them there is a piece of identity of those I loved and some have gone away already.
My mum handwriting was so beautiful and my granddad had the funny habit of doing family cartoons at the end of a letter.
Simple letters tell much more of a person then typing ones. By looking to the handwriting you could immediately sense the good and bad days of the ones who wrote it, and some even had smells on it. That’s something I think any high techs won’t be able to do that any time soon.

FKS   June 7th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Well, I guess it's natural (not sure that would be the word) that the new mediums that come are adapted into our pre-existent patterns of discourse, but then eventually change those very patterns. Like, when I first started writing e-mails, I wrote them very similarly to how I used to write letters – Dear Whoever, etc. But because it's so immediate, now it's like "hey, etc.etc. etc.? etc." So when you do get that e-mail that's kinda like a letter, it's... well, kinda like getting a letter, I guess. And there are e-mails you totally anticipate. Or maybe I'm really not that nostalgic.

I'm 27 and I did write letters until about 10 years ago. My sister's 19, I don't think she's ever wrote a letter... maybe to Santa Claus...

Not sure that's what I was going to say initially but... yeah, I checked my twitter account twice since I started writing.

Bill Seamans   June 7th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

You said alot time does move on.66yrs ago in your school grounds was d-day.your right seeing people face to face is wonderful.I write and spell like crap .Hala you are older and very wise my young friend.from a person you have never seen Bill Seamans.time to add comment .your e pal Bill !!

FKS   June 8th, 2010 12:01 am ET

Soooo, "Or maybe I'm really not that nostalgic". Well, obviously I can't be nostalgic of something that, while I did do, never did long enough, or just enough to create some sort of attachment.

But actually I do miss the days when you didn't log on to some webpage thingy on the totally new interwebz only to read that your ex "is in a relationship with [link]".

But at least I have this to express my feelings with:


Biruzz   June 8th, 2010 12:46 am ET

A very nice article to read although I have to admit I had to use the computers dictionary program to find out the meaning of " nefarious " (not to bright).

We have mobile phones, email, social network sites, twitter and what ever else that I have no knowledge about and we can find out what happen across the world in a few minutes of the event happening.

Do we know who our neighbours are and do we ever speak to them? e maybe more advanced technologically but we have turned the clock back in developing as compassionate people. I feel so.

Also, to everyone out there lighten up on Helen Thomas.

Tuba Mutlu   June 8th, 2010 7:14 am ET

I agree this all... It seems that the past days were more real and this digital world does not give the same feeling.
But there is something different now that all can share their feelings and thoughts and I think it is also amazing.

Paul Dexter A. Capiral   June 8th, 2010 11:20 am ET

I agree. That's why post offices decreases it's revenues. Love letters gives time. Time to cry, time to laugh and time to heal. Very sentimental thou. That's what I do when I court someone. I send poems. Making the person how special she is. Just like this:

The earth and sky will pass away. But my love for you will stand for eternity. Don't know what the hell is tech tech tech. But I know I still believe in love.

Just like this. In all good blessings, Dexter

James Free   June 8th, 2010 3:20 pm ET

All this triva about tec and toys when the real new is in the article below.

Commentators discuss how BP and the US government are responding to the BP oil spill.

The Guardian editorial compares the handling of the BP oil spill has to the Bhopal disaster:

"What is going on in the Gulf of Mexico today is an example of Newton's third law of motion: for every action by BP there is an equal and opposite reaction by the federal government in Washington. The result is that BP is, rightly, being held to account for cleaning up the biggest oil pollution in US history. But just imagine if the blowout on the drilling rig had caused not 11 but up to 25,000 US deaths; that the compensation Washington finally accepted fell far short of that required even to cover the medical bills of the survivors; that 26 years on , BP had still to clean up the site of the accident which was poisoning the local water supply; and that Britain refused to extradite to a US court the main BP executives responsible.

"Unthinkable? Well, that is how the US multinational Union Carbide Corporation, now owned by Dow Chemical, has behaved since it created the world's worst industrial disaster at Bhopal in central India. The difference between BP and Union Carbide is not just a matter of the location of the disaster, although it is plainly that too. It is also down to the fact that successive national and state governments in India have rolled over time and time again to the realpolitik of dealing with Dow Chemical's other investments in India."

Thot   June 8th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

That note you wrote to Finn remind me of the notes we use to share with colleagues during *cough cough* classes. I wonder if students now still use them or just sent text messages to each others?

Smith in Oregon   June 8th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

I avoid paying the stiff charges at the United States Postal Service offices whenever I can by any alternative available. To me the USPS is operating on extortion over they are the sole providers of a service and price hikes are common as their service declines.

On line bill payments, emails, instant messages, texting, are all much better alternatives than the average crap an American citizen goes thru with the daily post office visit and service.

After operating 4 computer systems simultaneously 24/7 for several years, I unplugged for two years straight. I definitely felt hung-over and went thru withdrawal symptoms. Now I pad out my time as best I can off line and on line, it seems to work for me!

Muthyavan.   June 9th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

Not only the art of old letter writing is lost by the use of today's e-mail and the new modern electronic gadgets, it is also in the making of a new language for the quick punching of letters in the tiny key boards from all these new gadgets. I called my Grand daughter who was late from returning from school. She send back a quick message from her mobile phone she is carrying " having a party at MC with friends will home soon". So these gadgets are not only bring people closer than ever , but may produce a new way of writing and a new international language soon connecting all the present world language and cultures.

If we can all go back to our great grand father's time of just one hundred and fifty years ago. When paper and printing of texts came into use and every body had the first experience of leaning languages and writing letters, which was the property of only some educated rich peoples. Today's revolution has modernised human race bring together billions of common peoples and thousands of languages and cultures together closer than ever.

Yadjel Makhlouf   June 9th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

New York Times' Article on technology's potentially nefarious effects on our lives really hit home for everyone. To put it simply: there is a new way of life that, indeed, I call: The Machine-based way of life, effecting all over the globe. Even the primitive tribes in Africa, Asia or elsewhere. The trouble is: The man is blindly sacrificing himself to serve the machine for the sake of it. His fundamental principles sacrificed on the altar of technology forgetting its purposes. There is an element of truth in your sentence 🙁 It would simply mean you’re disconnected from the real world) . Actually, as an observer, there are two worlds depending on what kind of life you are choosing or rather you are addicted to : The real world which is getting rarer and The virtual world which embraces the souls as well as the spirits, but don' t get me wrong, the split between the two things is going far deeper than that. Imagine what would be the destiny of such societies after the collapse of their “machine- based way of life. It’s a guaranteed disaster! A good example (hint is the latter financial crisis. Imagine how it would be if there is no alternative but merely the chaos! Ms Halla Gorani, I share your point of view and now, I always remember my dear wife’s interjection once she is sick of me (you’re a robot). You're note, Ms Halla Gorani, reminds me of an interesting film produced by the famous American actor (Kevin Costner) called: Postman (1998). It' s synopsis is the following: In 2013, in the American West, a war without precedent scale shattered the structures of the American society and disrupted the economic system...On the spot, one man stand by the stricken people. Guess who?!
The bottom line of the problem is: Could this civilization save its machine-based way of life? If yes, how far it could be. If not, what would be the alternative? Don't forget, in this machine-based way of life, the man is losing his integrity, his dignity, his intimacy and, above all, his share of time ( enjoying life with his family, etc...).
Remember, Ms Halla Gorani, the remnants of the ancient civilizations on the rocks and in the caverns: simply a cursive cut script called hieroglyphs.

sijbrand takes   June 14th, 2010 4:06 pm ET


I wrote a letter once. Took me a while, 45years to be exactly. It is supposed to be a loveletter. This one, and as you can read, its in old telegraph style.Blunt and bold. However, in reall life, I am far from blunt all but bold, well sorta.
The reason that I write this letter of the heart,.is that I need a job, lifetime employment is a MUST, I won't settle for less. At cnn they told me you had a vacancy. And now I,m going to give up my job as the lawyer from the universe,. I thought, what if I can really find a nice lady who sees and knows it all. In that case I can 24/7 love and enjoy here, and joy the gift of a nice little family together. See,only with your love I will continue help saving the world. Yeh I know, I am a softy. I love people you know,. And you a little bit more.;-)
Why you? Is a good insentive for a date off a lifetime. I live currently in Spain, torremolinos next to malaga. As you know I am dutch.45 years old and verry sexy. And I am ready!
MAIL ME, you won't regret.

abd el maseeh------>it means (christ slave)   June 14th, 2010 5:29 pm ET

hello hala

sijbrand takes   June 16th, 2010 2:33 pm ET

Thought slavery was abolished

Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 3:30 am ET

The Bush Family Values that Republicans didn't want America to learn about:

In 2001 Bush jr's youngest brother Marvin bought a garbage and waste disposal company for the sum of 12 Million dollars with the sole goal of dumping as much toxic waste and America's inter-city garbage as it possibly could in a landfill in rural Virgina.

The Virgina State permit allowed him to dump no more than 250 tons per day. Marvin Bush dumped 6,500 TONS of toxic waste and inter-State Garbage PER DAY!

By Virgina State law, such enormous abuse is punishable by a misdemeanor charge of 1 year in prison and a $2,500 fine PER DAY of over dumping. The Virgina State Environmental inspector left his job and went to work for Marvin Bush's toxic dumping business! Although the Democratic Lt. Governor of Virgina blew the whistle on Marvin Bush's illegal toxic dump site in July 2003, the Republican State Attorney General appeared to turn a blind eye on the illegal toxic dumping and Marvin Bush continued to dump more than 1,000 tons of toxic waste and various States garbage DAILY for another full eight months!

The State of Virgina finally ordered the landfill site closed in Virgina on March 2004. It took Virgina taxpayers putting up 8.7 Million dollars to re-open that landfill. The Virgina Republican State Attorney General never fined Marvin Bush nor charged him with hundreds of criminal charges allotted for each day in violation of the Virgina State permit.

During a Larry King interview with Bush sr., it was disclosed how close Bush jr. is with his younger brother Marvin Bush. 'Former president Bush jr. would often go to camp david, call Marvin and have Marvin stay with him at Camp David during his countless retreats and vacations away from the oval office'.

The vast corruption of the Bush Family and in particular Marvin Bush in this posting reminds me of the Steven Seagal 1997 movie, 'Fire Down Below' where Seagal played a federal EPA agent fighting intense graft and corruption by a very well connected toxic waste 'dumper' and 'disposer' who made vast amounts of money by illegally dumping toxic and often hazardous waste in the rural backwoods of nearby Kentucky.

How ironic the utter corruption and absolute disregard of the residents of Kentucky depicted in the movie 'Fire Down Below' would later come to life by one of the Bush Family members in rural Virgina. As depicted in the movie, even the State EPA head was in fact employed by the illegal toxic dumper!

Smith in Oregon   June 23rd, 2010 7:50 am ET

During a recent Oliver Stone interview on his upcoming movie focusing on South America, a South American President was shown and interviewed about his sit down with then president Bush jr. in Monterrey California. The South American President mentioned how effective a 'Marshall plan' would be in rebuilding a nations economy. President Bush strongly disagreed and told the South American President point blank, WARS build good economic bases. Wars are good, Wars stimulate the economy. WAR? asked the South American President, we have no wars in our country at this time. The Evil that was pouring off Bush jr. was said to be palpable and the discussion was soon ended.

Smith in Oregon   July 2nd, 2010 10:48 pm ET

What is entirely missing in the discussion of the alleged Russian 'spys' is yet another US Dept. of Justice attempt to remove another series of freedoms from the American people as they previously did under the guise of 'The Patriot Act'.

I have read the entire DOJ complaint against those individuals signed by a butt-warming FBI agent in his darkened cubicle. After nearly a full decade of wire taps on these individuals phones, tape and video recordings in their homes, and watching their children the evidence is very thin to say the least.

Only one single individual is alleged to have approached a un-named government employee and asked him about nuclear energy. Russia knows as much about nuclear energy as America making this allegation highly questionable at best in this time and decade.

Several individuals are alleged to have received money from Russia and charged with money laundering. If they had been registered as mere lobbyists, none of them could have been even charged with these allegations. Lobbyists across America receive overseas money and many Republican politicians are happy and eager to receive as much of that money as their pockets can hold.

Short wave radios, encryption software? What a load of crap, in the post Bush Family Values era millions of law abiding American citizens routinely have and use encryption software on their computers to keep out the snoops, regardless if the snoops are criminals or bottom feeders such as the State Police, NSA, FBI etc. A good free encryption software that I highly recommend is 'TrueCrypt' written in Europe (much better and more secure) and can fully protect your hard drive and flash drives against snoops and bottom feeders.

Many internet law abiding American citizens use Stenography software which is freely available to inject messages and small enhancement files into their photos, music and video files. The encryption is often fairly weak but when placed on a public photo bucket type site, in plain sight with thousands of other non-enhanced photos, it forces a potential bottom feeder to go thru thousands of photos which of course they aren't going to do.

It seems obvious all of these alleged 'spy' individuals were aware their phones were tapped in the horrific Bush Family values era and responded to protect their conversations with their friends and associates. Again, this is entirely what anyone of any common sense would do. Under the horrific Bush-Cheney administration, wire taps could be ordered for a 'ham sandwich' even if it were later found to be a 'illegal request', that ham sandwich which had absolutely nothing to do with anything illegal was tapped and everything said to that ham sandwich was recorded to be used as potential blackmail, extortion or threat against that person.

This DOJ complaint against these individuals has all the hallmarks of a ultra-right Dept. of Justice attempting another push to place America under a police state similar to those found in the last days of East Berlin. Curbing no contract cell phones, flash drives, encryption software, short wave radios and transmitters would be yet another extreme invasive removal of a great many of the few remaining American freedoms that still remain after Bush-Cheney gutted many under the 'Patriot Act'.

This red-baiting paranoia is nothing but another DOJ attempt to remove more American freedoms. Chinese American businessmen across America perform these same allegations everyday. Updating their friends and nationals in China of their business, concerns, problems and prevailing updates all perfectly legal.

In this post Bush Family Values era, if everyday American Citizens do not push back against the US Dept. of Justice attempts to transform America into their version of East Berlin, more American Freedoms are going to be utterly gutted and removed as the rise of the New Right marches onward.

Margeux Yee   July 5th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

It is a reality that we all want things to be done fast and instant, but it is also important to make handwritten notes and letters to our loved ones and friends because it expresses more of our thoughts and emotions in a more sincere way. I like the article Hala wrote, it made me realize to make handwritten notes more often.

Gregor Spieß   July 7th, 2010 5:57 pm ET

Yeah, i agree, since, you know ~ Edgar Allan Poe also used a pen and paper to get rid of these words in his head, and it worked for him, too.
So, ultimately i would suggest:
Don`t throw away your old pen & paper just because you can !
You might miss it in the future, once the battery of your notebook ran empty 😉

Smith in Oregon   July 17th, 2010 11:24 pm ET

Wow! It appears the United States National Security Agency (NSA) has unveiled it's latest ultimate snooping, invasive and eavesdropping tool targeting ALL Americans connected to the Nations Power-Grid!

During the utterly depraved invasive East Berlin era, the East German security forces discovered a very innovative mechanical means to connect to the city's hot water pipes supplying citizens heat radiator's which could be selectively tuned to eavesdrop and tune specifically into conversations in any residents home or dwelling! Using current computer technology, America's NSA has taken that to a new level of corrupt, invasive depravity with it's Operation 'Perfect Citizen' coming to your US Home soon!

The scope of the depraved invasion on American freedoms and liberty's in America's homes under Operation 'Perfect Citizen' is truly amazing. The NSA appears to have been given the 'Green Light' to attach NSA 'sensors' and 'computer links' to the Public Utility power feed-lines across America. This under the 'guise' of alerting the NSA against a cyber-attack upon a local Power Company's power-grid.

Americans are not universally stupid nor ignorant enough to even think the NSA cares about how much electrical energy Americans are using although in the past local heavy handed law enforcement agency's have targeted private individuals with heavy electrical energy for door busting marijuana searches.

However the vast number of American's do not realize how much information is received and carried already on the Nations Power Grid lines. Many home intra-net's now are using the power grid, metro-city areas are adopting intra-net and internet data processing thru home power grid's as direct tie-in's. ALL of the Nation's power grid operators pass messages, and ton's of information in digital and analog packet's on the very lines carrying power into your very homes!

In the most basic form, the nation's power grid forms a gigantic antenna array which picks up computer keystrokes and virtually all kinds of electrical signals which can in turn relay that specific information to the NSA under the 'Perfect Citizen' operation.

Sadly, this appears to directly go against President Obama's campaign promises of not allowing nor permitting further invasions of America's Freedoms, Liberty's and Rights which were entirely under assault during the horrific Republican administration of Bush-Cheney. Does this signal that like the CIA with Afghanistan's Opium-Heroin trafficking, America's NSA is no longer controlled by the Executive Branch of Government?

Sadly, this also signals that American citizens who thru alternative energy choose to 'go off the grid' will likely be harassed and targeted as unpatriotic and suspected of conducting unpatriotic activities.

Operation 'Perfect Citizen' illustrates the extreme height of paranoia in some of the dark, nefarious federal agency's in America much like East German security agency's prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Smith in Oregon   July 19th, 2010 7:16 pm ET

Sack loads of free American taxpayer dollars to the tune of many Billions of FREE money to Pakistan is buying America what exactly? More Taliban fighters murdering American and NATO soldiers? More Taliban fighters murdering Afghanistan people? More Taliban fighters murdering the civilians in nearby India?

A Lt. General of the Pakistani ISI appears linked to the man that wired large amounts of money to the 9/11 high jackers. The same Lt. General of the ISI met with virtually all of the Bush Administration the week prior to 9/11 and left town the morning of 9/11.

What exactly are the Billions of free American taxpayer dollars being funneled to Pakistan buying? More weapons and explosives to the Taliban fighters? More black op's to murder India's civilians?

A silent victim in this yet another massive transfer of American taxpayer dollars is America's senior citizen's programs across America which were slashed to practically non-existent levels recently. Many had worked they entire lives supporting and helping America, now they are treated by the Republican Potty'ticians like disposable trash, a drain on their corporate's special interests, instead of the dignity and respect they truly deserve from all Americans.

Alicia   July 20th, 2010 6:31 pm ET

I quite agree with you. How many true friends can sb have on line?.
I always text my friends but personally I prefer having a good conversation face to face with my close friends.

sabrine bourogaa   August 5th, 2010 11:58 am ET

you are definitely right!! everthing in those days become faster and quicker like the sending and receiving of the messages.. it becomes a very easy process to communicate with each other especially in the case of two people dating each othe, their easy contact would lead to the easy separation because as everybody knows "easy to come easy to go" In old times there were efforts made to express your crush on someone spending days writing letters in a way that you never think of leaving that person kuz you know he is worh all the efforts you made to reach him but now we rush things and we never be aware of its values...   September 3rd, 2010 3:14 am ET

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Anthony Alcock   September 3rd, 2010 10:25 am ET

Dear Hala,
One interesting aspect about modern electronic communication is how close the language used is to the speech and speech style of the writer. No capital letters, no punctuation, no complete sentences, careless spelling, attempts to write what one would actually say. Letters of the type you like are literary compositions, not immediate acts of communication.

Jeannette   September 6th, 2010 11:39 am ET

Now that I'm fully aware of "not coming back" I will always ask potential employees a handwritten 3-page report. If he/she doesn't pass I won't hire him/her.

bunrueang chnngamkul   October 10th, 2010 8:14 pm ET

please remember me love you

Lorraine E. Hattingh-Spurgeon   January 26th, 2011 12:50 pm ET

today mankind has so many gadgets with which he can communicate, i.e. cellphones, i-pads, blackberries, the internet, and yet he has no time to communicate with God. That is why God has communicated with us
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Susan Cater   April 14th, 2011 7:24 pm ET

Computers are nice, but our teen agers don't even know how to format an envelope. Not to mention a letter, resume etc. Even having basic typing, back in the day, we knew an indent was 5 spaces and how to set up a header etc. for a proper business letter. It 's not just about hand writing styles. Our schools spend about 6 months in elementary school teaching penmanship, that's it, forever. Their isn't even the old fashion alphabet over the blackboard to copy from if you forgot what a Q looked like. Cursive-lucky you can read it!

Peter Kivuti   June 24th, 2011 11:27 am ET

you know with the advancement of technology, ways of free thinking and acting have been compromised, hala gorani really has hit this point home since, even calculated ways on which we respond to incoming information is a bit crazy, dont you think?

Peter Kivuti   June 24th, 2011 11:27 am ET

Hala gorani really has hit this point home since, even calculated ways on which we respond to incoming information is a bit crazy, dont you think?

Uche Daniel Nice   August 17th, 2011 10:53 pm ET

Hala, you are very much correct in this article,but the mordern communication gadgets you mentioned works very well for you guys in the Western world unlike us in Africa especially in Nigeria thanks;

Amir   September 14th, 2011 2:26 am ET

You know in one of your facebook photo's you have tiger eyes.

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