- Text: value of money
- Meaning: monetary value ($1.00) or inherent importance placed on money
This phrase has both meanings. At a glance, which one does it mean? The counter-argument is that readers pay more attention to reading text, but do we really pay that much attention. With the constant noise (email, instant messages, SMS, mailing groups, etc.) bombarding our lives, we do not spend that much time reading messages. In the end, there is just not enough time in the day. We glance through text without fully understanding.
In person meetings help alleviate the problems of words by forcing individuals to talk. During a face-to-face meeting, the speaker can identify if attendees are paying attention. Is a particular person staring at a PDA rather than partaking in the conversation? Does someone look tired? The presenter can ask for the group’s attention if it starts to wane. Participants will be able to ask questions which leads to quick feedback to clarify the ideas. Misunderstandings can be resolved with a few words rather than messages bouncing back and forth that often escalates the confusion. Another positive aspect of face-to-face conversations is that people can not hide behind their words. One member of a mailing list I joined called another member a ‘dips##t’. The sender probably would not have said this in person and is just hiding behind his email. In-person communication is essential for any group and can not be substituted. Technology is great, but all these communication avenues (email, Instant Messenger, Web logs, mailing groups) drives a wedge between people and understanding each other.[@more@]