I’ve been attempting to learn mandarin Chinese, with attempting being the operative term, and what has struck me the most about the spoken aspect of the language is how much it feels like singing from sheet music. There is a dancing interaction of pitch, rhythm and of course intonation. And so it makes sense that we try to distill the written word into sonic forms.
“The problem print journalists face in the online world is that newswriting for print is a lot like public speaking, but writing online is more like talking with the other patrons at a neighborhood bar. Your tone has to be different. You have to engage people directly. You have to let them talk. And if you act like a stuck-up phony, you’re likely to get your ass kicked.”—Xark!: Why comments suck (& ideas on un-sucking them)