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Encyclopedia > Open letter

An open letter is a letter that is intended to be read by a wide audience, or a letter intended for an individual, but that is nonetheless widely distributed intentionally. Vintage German letter balance for home use Look up letter in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Open letters usually take the form of a letter addressed to an individual but provided to the public through newspapers and other media, such as a letter to the editor or blog. Especially common are critical open letters addressed to political leaders. A letter to the editor (sometimes abbreviated LTTE or LTE) is a letter sent to a publication about issues of concern to its readers. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Letters patent are another form of open letter in which a legal document is both mailed to a person by the government, and publicized so that all are made aware of it. Open letters can also be addressed directly to a group rather than any individual. Letters Patent by Queen Victoria creating the office of Governor-General of Australia Letters patent are a type of legal instrument in the form of an open letter issued by a monarch or government granting an office, a right, monopoly, title, or status to someone or some entity such as...


Motivations for writing open letters

There are a number of reasons why an individual would choose the form of an open letter, including the following reasons:

  • To state the author's position on a particular issue,
  • As an attempt to start a wider dialogue around an issue,
  • As an attempt to focus broad attention on the letter's recipient, prompting them to some action
  • For humor value
  • Simply to make public a communication that must take place as a letter for reasons of formality

Look up Humour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A formality is an established procedure or set of specific behaviors and utterances, conceptually similar to a ritual although typically secular and less involved. ...

Examples of open letters

The word epistle is from the Greek word epistolos which means a written letter addressed to a recipient or recipients, perhaps part of exchanged correspondence. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... Émile Zola Émile Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France. ... The Dreyfus affair was a political scandal which divided France during the 1890s and early 1900s. ... “Martin Luther King” redirects here. ... Martin Luther King Jr The Letter from Birmingham Jail or Letter from Birmingham City Jail, commonly but incorrectly rendered Letter from a Birmingham Jail, was an open letter on April 16, 1963 written by Martin Luther King, Jr. ... For other persons named Bill Gates, see Bill Gates (disambiguation). ... The Open Letter to Hobbyists was an open letter written on February 3, 1976 by Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft. ... David Cross (born April 4, 1964) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nightwish is a Finnish symphonic power metal band formed in 1996 in the town of Kitee. ... The inventor of Flying Spaghetti Monsterism ... Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE MC (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an English poet and author. ... Google Inc. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Network neutrality. ... Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is the co-founder and CEO of Apple and was the CEO of Pixar until its acquisition by Disney. ... Thoughts on Music is an open letter written by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc. ... The acronym DRM can stand for: Digital Rights Management - Technologies to give content providers control over redistribution and access to material. ... Ron Sims, born in 1948, is currently the King County Executive. ... The Woodinville Subdivision is a railroad line that is owned by BNSF Railway and takes its names from one of its original end points in Woodinville. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ...

Resources

  • Open Web Letter - for composing and publishing open letters online
  • Open Letter - select letters written by the public are published online daily

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open letter - definition of open letter in Encyclopedia (189 words)
An open letter is a letter that is intended to be read by a wide audience.
Letters patent are another form of open letter in which a legal document is both mailed to a person by the government, and publicized so that all are made aware of it.
Open letters can also be addressed directly to a group rather than any individual.
Encyclopedia: Open letter (528 words)
They usually take the form of a letter addressed to an individual that is also provided to the public through newspapers and other media.
Letters Patent by Queen Victoria creating the office of Governor-General of Australia Letters patent are a type of legal document which is an open letter issued by a monarch or government granting a right, monopoly, title, or status to someone or some entity such as a corporation.
Category: Letters The word epistle is from the Greek word epistolos which means a written letter addressed to a recipient or recipients, perhaps part of exchanged correspondence.
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