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Offline Myles Ink Calligraphy

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Story of a young penman with Sungwon Kim
« on: March 21, 2016, 01:10:11 PM »
Kk I will have to apologize for a very long and somewhat annoying post but as you continue reading this, this post will gradually sound logical and clear. Before I get started I am not doing this for attention or any personal gain, all I wish to accomplish from this post is the topic's recognition
   I am currently in Grade 8 and I am a somewhat skillful penman. If you do not know who a penman is, they are people who master handwriting.
   So, one day I was practicing penmanship, just like I occasionally would. I grabbed my pen and started writting. Couple paragraphs later a girl came up to me and started a conversation.
   "That's a cool writing, is that Chinese?"
   First I thought the girl was joking, and didn't really know how to respond to that question. However I kept my poker face and calmly answered her.
"Nope it's English and it's written in cursive," I gently answered with an awkward smile.
   Now my answer could've been violent and offensive because I was offended in 2 ways. 1. I am Korean not Chinese, not all Asians write the Chinese language. 2. The style of writing, or script, she was reading was her own language. That's right, English. However, it wasn't the girl's steotypical question that left me heartbroken, it was how our people does not recognize handwriting anymore.
   We, as a society, are too adjusted to technology. And I believe the real cause and the problem of the episode happened all because of how we have replaced technology with our represantion of written literacy. In other words, technology is slowly choking our handwriting to death. I am not opposing technology (trust me I am writing this on Facebook) and I am not being a h8r to technology or whatever. I love my phone and my social media, but they can't replace our handwriting and literacy skills. Furthermore, I think if this is left untreated, almost everyone in this great country will become illiterate.
   I used to think that I would be the next generation of traditional handwriting and calligraphy. But today I want to disagree, I belive that  you should be a part of this new generation, a new movement into preserving the rich tradition of handwriting. Our society cannot lose literacy. And we will not tolerate to have illiterate people at schools, on the streets, and certainly not on Facebook.
   Thank you so much if you read through all that, I'm pretty sure if you can read couple paragraphs, you can start handwriting too.
   If you agree please share this post so more people can be inspired and join the movement.
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Offline Jamie

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Re: Story of a young penman with Sungwon Kim
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2016, 03:16:07 PM »
I don't think we'll ever be totally illiterate.

The issue here is that the girl couldn't read your calligraphy- which I'm assuming was probably a cursive (connected) script. And these days less and less schools are teaching students cursive their only teaching them print. So it's just the form of the language she couldn't read.

Arguments for and against that issue have been going on a long time now, and personally I stand about in the middle. But there is no chance it would cause, or even lead to, complete illiteracy. After all we still largely use reading as our way to navigate and gain information from our technology.