I was talking to someone a long time ago, and I mentioned modern day writing, and they told me that what is being taught today is basic communication. They said that they are preventing people from doing things like alliteration. They said that the goal of basic communication is to simply state your thoughts with clarity, coherence, organization, etc. So is that the case? Are writers today not being artful, but simply communicating? I understand the purpose of writing is to communicate, but it that really the only purpose of writing? What if we think of a kind of writing whose purpose is to communicate in a beautiful way?