How many podcast episodes have you listened to? Now, how many podcast transcripts have you read instead?
How many interviews or TED talks have you watched? How many of those have you read via transcripts?
We are quicker at reading than we are at listening or watching. Yet, transcripts of communication that happened verbally do not make for good reading. They are long, dry and use too many words. Like sugarcane bagasse, their juice has all been squeezed out.
As audiences, we have higher standards for the written word than the spoken word. As writers, this pushes us to make our message clearer, our prose tighter and our thinking more disciplined.