CBS News: Penmanship
I personally think handwriting is a mode of communication that transmits a lot of deep information subconsciously. I recently signed up on a forum of which I'm a member to the snail mail exchange program and found a pen pal. After receiving my first letter, I thought to myself, "Gee, this is fun!" The person who sent me the letter used pink stationary, matching letter card and envelope, and used red cherry ink (gradient medium-dark red ink) from a nibbed fountain pen. Needless to say, after reading it, I stored the letter in my drawer. I've already read the thing several times just to absorb the meaning from it.
Forms of contact like e-mail and instant messaging, to me, seem more transient. Perhaps it's possible to make a deep connection with another person online if you're intuitive enough (note: not MBTI iNtuition), but there still seems to be something of a person's character that bleeds through in a note that's sent by the post. Not only do you have the color of ink that they choose, but their handwriting, the type of paper they write it on, and so forth.
I really feel that communication is gaining a lot of bandwidth at the price of depth. There's only so much information that can be exchanged over a telephone call: for detail, writing is a must. Also, I really feel a deeper connection with my subject and I actually take time to think and parse my words when I'm writing on paper, versus at a keyboard. If a person knew that it took time to write something, perhaps they'd think twice before writing something they didn't really want to say.
God help them all if they don't have access to a computer keyboard or a cell phone 24/7. (Actually, most of them have the latter at all times.)
I think modern culture is having its effect. I recently read an accepted thesis that had many instances of the simple grammatical error of not capitalizing the personal pronoun "I."