“Because Life Is More Than Texts, Smiley faces and xoxos”: It is also handwriting! May 20th, 2012 As some of you know, my next book will be a history of handwriting that asks some more general questions about how writing is changing along the way. So imagine my delight to follow the Samsung Galaxy Note campaign, which is entirely predicated on handwriting nostaglis. This is a smartphone with “a pen with a brain built for big ideas” a pen so smart it has its own apps to make something no one else can Why? “Because life is more than texts, smiley faces and xoxos.” Life is also handwriting! Because handwriting, the ad campaign tells us, involves the authentic hand–your child writing “wish you were here!” on a picture they send you through the internet. It is writing lines of poetry! Girls in a classroom creating poetry! You can’t do that with an impersonal personal computer, the ad tells us: you need a smart pen too pen with a brain. Are you a blogger? Then you need “handmade posts!” It will add a “human element” to blog posts” And handmade texts! (do I need to go on about the irony of “handmade” posts or texts? You guys are smart enough to sniff out the analysis, no?) Trafficking in nostalgia, a new technology tries to make us like it by convincing us it is more personal, authentic and original to handwriting a blog post or text than it is to type one. comments Kate Gladstone replied on June 13th, 2012. I’m looking forward to your history of handwriting … and share your opinions on the weird custom of following print-writing with a simperingly swirly cursive. Please visit my web-site,let me know what yuthink,and perhaps get in touch: I’m thinking of giving my site a link to your book when it appears. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.