The Passage of Ideas


Every day, we collectively produce millions of books’ worth of writing. Globally we send 154.6 billion emails, more than 400 million tweets, and over 1 million blog posts and around 2 million blog comments on WordPress. On Facebook, we post about 16 billion words. Altogether, we compose some 3.6 trillion words every day on email and social media — the equivalent of 36 million books.

Since the birth of the internet, more people than ever are writing. Regardless of who or how many people are reading what’s out there, the sole fact that we have a potential audience is what motivates us to write.

Clive Thomson of Wired comments on the age where blogging, tweeting and general social media have overpowered all other means of communications and whether or not it’s a good thing.

Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →