"You have such a nice camera!"

I watched a photography tutorial once, I don’t remember what it was, that ended with a particularly satisfying joke. It went something like this: Master all of this, and you’ll earn the ultimate compliment from people who see your work: “Wow, you must have a really nice camera!”

People think, for some reason, that this is a response that makes sense. If you’ve done this yourself, I have no hard feelings about it… but maybe, the next time you enjoy a piece of writing, think about whether it’s the writer or the computer that made it good. Was it the clarity of the printed word that brought you enjoyment? Or was it the words themselves?