The Subtle Differences Between Reading, Listening and Watching

It’s not just about taste.

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  • If both/either of us were in a situation where we couldn’t speak/listen, or create visual things/view them, we would be forced to do it through written words.
  • If both/either of us were in a situation where we couldn’t write/read, or create visual things/view them, we would be forced to do it through spoken words.
  • If both/either of us were in a situation where we couldn’t write/read, or speak/listen, we would be forced to do it through visual creations.
  • Both/either of us are in a situation where we can’t speak/listen, or create visual things/view them.

But then I think about it hard:

Will I be able to convey exactly this through speech or sound? Because if there is a difference in what I convey through writing and speaking, (irrespective of whichever being true or fun) then each medium has to exist because each conveys something else. Yes, I can record it and you can listen to it or use Medium’s AI for it. Let me come back to it in a while.

Now, a great example of whatever I have said is the fact that everything I wrote after the (REMEMBER THIS .) point above, I conceived while writing this! It’s like this writing has its own self with its own nuances.

The actual thing I had discovered this morning was regarding the conversion phenomenon. It was all about control over words. Both Psychological and Technological control.

  • While writing and reading, I have the greatest control of words, which means control over the idea conveyed. Control over my imagination and concepts.
  • Writing and reading is by far the most convenient method of communication and production for me. Audio and Video would mean fancy equipment and editing.
  • While speaking and listening, the words are dynamic. There isn’t much control over them. If speaking and listening are to reach to the level of control and convenience as writing and reading, we need revolutionary visual representation of the words. Visual representation because, we are visually driven animals. WE NEED VISUAL CONTROL. Which writing and reading provides us.
  • While watching is the most convenient means of consumption, creating visuals is sophisticated and complex. During the time I manage to create something out of my morning idea, I would have already transitioned into something entirely different.

So, what does it all mean? What do I do?

If I am to be a good thinker and writer, which is synonymous to being a good thinker and communicator, I need to utilize all three and whatever will come across me tomorrow. I need to be able to combine writings with images and sounds; speakings with writings and images; images/videos with writings and sounds.

  • Written and Read words have their own distinct nature.
  • Spoken and Listened words/sounds have their own distinct nature.
  • Visuals and Watched things have their own distinct nature.
  • Utilizing the conversion phenomenon would mean making use of people’s necessity, convenience, preference and taste for communicating my own ideas.

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Adesh Acharya

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