Sunday, April 10, 2011

would we still write letters? send them in the post?

"Within seven weeks of the President's death, Jacqueline Kennedy received more than 800,000 condolence letters. Two years later, the volume of correspondence would exceed 1.5 million letters. For the next forty-six years, the letters would remain essentially untouched".

deeply affected by this, i started to think. if faced with a similar horrific event, how would our nation react? reading an article about this text the point was raised: given this age of technology would americans write? would they walk their tears and distress to the mailbox, or would social media prevail? would the nation tweet, text, facebook their grief? and if so, what does that say for us? for the future of writing? for the future of the human connection? what does that say about how we live? not to be morose, but if we don't have time for letters, cards, postcards, handwritten moments shared with those we care about, what do we have time for?

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