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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

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  • My views might very well have changed in the 5 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I freely admit that my choice for this weekend’s read is a bit odd. I’ve chosen this piece over on Medium, about a marital argument about communication. It was written by Caitlin Shetterly.

This article fascinated me because of one sentence: “Maybe a third of those phone calls and texts had content that was constructive; the rest was all a big long fight about our communication.”

I don’t know how people who know each other can have an argument by text. Of course, I’ve read text message arguments that people post on Facebook and so forth, and I’ve even occasionally strongly disagreed with strangers in an irritated fashion online. I may even have sent the odd curt or sarcastic text message. But I don’t think I’ve ever actually argued via text message, and certainly not via a long series of messages.

I just don’t think text messaging is a medium that lends itself to argument: it’s too ambiguous and emotionally disconnected. To me, having an argument implies feeling and wanting to express a high level of emotion: yet how can anybody do that through text? It pretty much baffles me.

Anyway, the article is worth a read!

This 1,999th post was filed under: Weekend Reads, .

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