Thursday, February 23, 2006


I think that citing text as the web's primary and foundational media is truly a load of b.s.

If this was the case, the tool you use to access the net (a computer) would not need to have a screen. Fact of the matter is that the web is a visual medium, and does not lend itself well to text. Frequently, because of the amount of amatuer web designers, there are bad design choices (mostly with fonts). Also, I wouldn't call every 13-year-old who complains about how their boyfriend looked at another girl a poet.

I believe that text is becoming to the internet what graphics are for print publications - it emphasises, but is not the meat. With the way that the internet is going - interactivity, IPTV and so on, it won't be long before text is only there to explain and direct users.


At 1:00 PM, Blogger Yildiz said...

Yeah I agree with your post.
For me its just too painfull to read long paragraphs on screen.. atleast in a book.. you can turn pages, feel it, run fingers so you can folow text.. screen is just too painfull to follow if its especially in one big paragraph!

but if text is put up in a creative fashion.. interactive or designed well.. if text is accompanied with music or graphicss.. probbaly it might not be that bad..

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Steve said...

I agree with both comments. If your reading a book you can just read it easier. I know when I read a big paragraph on a scren my eyes hurt and then its annoying scrolling down. I'd much rather be reading in a book because its just a more natural movement. For a creative fashion music , pictures, and games could make the pain easier.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Ashley Ward said...

I think that the webs initial purpose might have been text based. But our generation especially has been taught to socialize with it differently. We have been taught to expect something better from the internet. "Gimme your main points in a cool way or I'm not spending another click on your site ... yeah."

At 1:41 PM, Blogger flook said...

I agree. Text was such a dominant thing on websites for so long because it is/was easier to transmit text data (because it is smaller) than high-end graphics and video. I think people forget that the internet is not that old and will probably move in directions we have not even imagined.

At 3:31 PM, Blogger BP said...

I think that text can be used so easily to communicate an idea that it will always be found throughout the media.

It is the common denominator in print and online. It's the easiest way to communicate an idea without having to be face-to-face with somebody.

Video, graphics and audio are all extras. Long live text!

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Just a question ... in what ways will "meaty" stories (those that don't lend themselves well to visuals) be told? Currently, I think text is the best way to this, but I also agree that text doesn't necessary work well on the web.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Nick Geidner said...

As monitors get better...reading from the screen will get easier. The contrast of a screen is not that of a book...but that is neither here nor there.

There are stories that need text. An info-graphic can only do so much. I think it is through the combination of text, video, audio, stills, graphics, animations, etc. that we'll be able to best tell stories.


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