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Friday, February 22, 2013

Is Your Pen a Rubber Sword?

 Popular politician, playwright and poet ( I like alliteration)  Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote "the pen is mightier than the sword". Little could he have imagined when he declared that back in 1839  many, many decades later the pen would be replaced by a keyboard, and almost everyone in what we call the Western world would have one. And that would prove to be a good thing in many cases, allowing people with a flair or at least a penchant for writing, to self publish, connect with likeminded souls across the globe, inspire and amuse. Of course others can use this same tool to spread fear and ignorance but all illustrating the power of today's 'pen'.

Back in Edward's day writing was a far more exclusive and laborious exercise, and so careful consideration were given to words prior to being shared with a wider audience. Today, not so much.  Writing where people really reflect on their message and intent before hitting publish is out there, and it's a joy to find. Although frankly there's a lot of crap to wade through to find the good stuff.

 Now every man, woman and child can tap out their often ill considered thoughts online, we can be subjected to some pretty dubious penmanship. And often those who are quickest to draw their weapon are the least equipped to use it. So please peeps, make sure you really understand the point of a post before responding and seek clarification if your'e not sure you follow. Because who needs the public humiliation of reacting indignantly to something only to realise later you were way off the mark? Trust me, as someone with impulse control issues combined with a long history of public displays of stupid, you really are well served by taking a step back and analysing your thoughts and feelings prior to putting words into the public domain, at least if you want people to think you are someone worth listening to.

Dont ask me what's happened with the font. 


  1. ...I really want to ask you about the font ;)

    Otherwise, cue my usual confession about how sometimes I engage in whatever bad behavior you're calling out, even though I wholeheartedly agree with you. Nice to indulge in your recent blog posts!