Is cursive the modern day hieroglyphics?
May 26, 2018 5:37pm CST
Another sign of the changing times. Back when I was a kid just learning to write, I lived for the day when I could write cursive. My friends and I were just forming round letters, like capital and common ABC and we used to get blank sheets of paper and scribble illegible scrawls across them claiming that it was cursive and that we were writing fancy. As a teenager, I learned calligraphy in art class. And because I wasn't really artistic and didn't own the correct pen, I thought the class was a colossal waste of precious teen time. Then I became an adult and I started off working in an administrative field where the typewriter was still a thing. There were hardly any computers on the job and some people were still adjusting to this new phase of technology. There were certainly no cell phones and definitely no smart phones. So we wrote a lot. My fingers would feel cramped sometimes. But then came the 21st century and the wave of technology and laptops and tablets and cellphones and smart phones and every possible gadget you could think of so that writers don't really write... we type... and a computer isn't just a nice to have accessory in the workplace, it's a necessity. So the fancy cursive I learned, it really doesn't matter unless I have to sign something. And with this new (probably not so new) wave of electronic signatures, I'm wondering... is cursive the modern day hieroglyphics? Or calligraphy... some far flung way of writing that younger generations will have no real use for except as art?
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