Christian Long

Lakshmi Pratury: Letter-writing

In TED Talks on May 28, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Extra credit reflection by DEVON H.

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Lakshmi Pratury:  Letter-writing

This talk really touched me, because I too have fallen out of the letter-writing style. Most of the US has, as well. No one writes letters anymore.

Every once and a while I get a letter from my grandpa. I feel somewhat bad because I rarely write him back. Writing a letter just seems like so much of a hastle to me. I’m not sure why. It is the same thing as writing an email. It’s even the same thing as writing a message to someone on Facebook. The only difference is that you are actually putting pen to paper.

Lakshmi Pratury talks about a letter that her father left her when he died. After that she realized that letter-writing has become a lost art. She decided that she was going to leave her son things that have to do with handwriting. In the future what will happen to handwriting. Most schools don’t offer handwriting classes anymore. Handwriting itself could become a lost art. Sure, people may still write in the future, but the beautiful calligraphy will be a thing of the past. Invitations will all be typed and printed instead of handwritten. This is the main point Lakshmi Pratury tries to make in her talk. I absolutely agree with her. I really hope that this turns around in the world. I know that I have started writing more things down instead of typing everything.

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