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Aug 12, 2019 21:43:34

Re: Default to Writing

by @jasonleow | 362 words | 370๐Ÿ”ฅ | 408๐Ÿ’Œ

Jason Leow

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In his book Rework, Jason Fried mentions how writing is making a comeback. People prefer to email and text instead of calling, not just for work but even in our personal lives. We engage on social issues on Twitter, Facebook and other forums, using text. Even on photo-centric platforms like Instagram, the engagement is primarily around text. Suddenly we're all writing a lot more than we did a few decades ago. Everything involves writing. I also love how he used writing as the differentiating factor when choosing between hiring 2 equally good candidates. That was quite an insight for me:


"Hire great writers. If youโ€™re trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. It doesnโ€™t matter if that person is a marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, or whatever; their writing skills will pay off. Thatโ€™s because being a good writer is about more than writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. Great writers know how to communicate. Writing is making a comeback all over our society. Look at how much people email and text now rather than talk on the phone. Writing is todayโ€™s currency for good ideas."


I never saw it that way before. Writing had always felt more like the vehicle to communicate knowledge. Content is king, they always say. And writing, just the means to an end. The flight you don't (want to) remember when you get to your holiday destination. Unless your job is in itself predominantly about writing (say, a journalist or academic), writing is usually just considered a basic hygiene factor, isn't it? No developer, designer, secretary, or sportsperson will think writing is mission-critical to them doing their job well. But these words made me rethink how writing is more valuable than we typically give it. Successful entrepreneurs whom I look up to to learn from all write books/blog/tweet more prolifically than others. They all have their own writing voice. 


Suddenly, writing feels like this secret to success that's been under our noses all this while but we never knew. Well, for me at least. 


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    @jasonleow

    wow your insight into instagram's main matrix of engagement being the text is very intriguing. Things to mull over

    Abe avatar Abe | Aug 12, 2019 15:51:06
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      @abrahamKim yes intriguing isnt it? Changed how I saw IG, but the implications and opportunities probably go deeper than I had yet to ponder on...

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 12, 2019 22:16:50
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      @jasonleow

      Can you tag me on the post of that pondering if you do write about it?

      Abe avatar Abe | Aug 12, 2019 18:42:08
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      @abrahamKim oh sure will do, if i do write that is haha. thing is, I'm not sure what else is there to write about...what might be interesting to you?

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 13, 2019 15:06:13
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      @jasonleow

      I think all ideas are infinitely expandable / analyzable... so any dive into that idea (IG engagement via text) from another person would be interesting to me.

      Actually the thing that would interest me most is not just how people engage over text on a photo sharing platform. But what that also entails for communication and expression at large.

      also it'd be nice if the elephant in the room was addressed... which is that the IG comments section only allows text. lol this is starting to sound like an academic paper

      Abe avatar Abe | Aug 13, 2019 15:14:09
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      @abrahamKim yeah haha academic. But you made me think: IG, as a photo site all the more should allow people to engage a photo with another photo, instead of text! Kinda like how gifs and memes adds so much color and fun to chat groups. That'll be fun

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 13, 2019 21:48:46
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      @jasonleow
      Right and so isn't snapchat kind of like the embodiment of that? Photos as comments/replies to photos?

      Abe avatar Abe | Aug 13, 2019 16:05:41
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      @abrahamKim obviously i don't use snapchat to know it can already be done haha.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 13, 2019 22:20:17
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