The written word can be illusory very much like an optical illusion, albeit word illusions are much harder to notice. Today, for example, I read an email and took it to mean "x" and later when I re-read it and thought more deeply about it, I took it to mean "y". The change in perception felt very much like how one feels with the puzzle where you see only a young lady; then suddenly, a witch. Which one is it? Both? I was amused at first but soon became deeply disturbed. "I can't even trust myself", I thought.
So now the rationalization. I think electronic media induces these types of written illusions because:
1) more people are less clear in their writing (possible causes: (a) smaller input devices make it more difficult to write, (b) auto-correct features on said devices replace mispelled words with the incorrect words, (c) poor quality education i.e., people haven't been taught to write properly, (d) more people with a,b, and c)
2) there are more instances of (1) given the increased number of written communications (email, texting, social media, e-docs)
3) given (2) people receiving message speed read in order to process the increased amount of incoming information and
4) people in (3) respond and create a type II written illusion guilty of both repeating (1) AND responding to the message based on what they misread.
I might need to reconcile all of this with a short story. But first, I need to post my thoughts on Ergodicty (more to come on this in the coming days).