We live in an age when the number of words has exploded: words in print and words on electronic screens.
- Blogs have given anyone with a computer the ability to throw his views out into cyberspace
- Twitter has created instantaneous communication
- Websites and search engines have allowed a limitless exchange of information
- Words can be accessed anywhere there is a modem, cell tower, or hotspot
I wonder if the invention of the printing press in 1440 also caused information overload at the time.
One thing will always be needed: coherent, meaningful, and accurate writing. The mere proliferation of words doesn’t equate with good writing. Not all texts are created equal.
Especially in writing for the web, the challenge for a writer is that he must get to the point, do it concisely, and do it with clarity.