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12-13-2008 @ 3:43PM
I don't understand it. If cellphones were our sole usage of writing skills, then I could understand the collapse of grammar and spelling. But these kids also use the Web, which is mostly a textual medium. In most of the blogs/forums I've come across typing in neo-1337, 4chan-ese, or cellphone language is unacceptable. Most of the actual authors of blogs are literate (I'm guessing half of them are out of work English majors), so these kids interact with the actual language daily. As all of my English teachers used to tell me; "The best way to improve your writing, is to read. A lot." With the internet being all text, you would expect these kids to all be little Hemingways. I think the problem boils down to the plague of modern existence, apathy, ignorance, and general laziness. Someday I hope these kids learn the lesson that in a textual world, grammar and syntax are a good sign of credibility. Someone who can't spell "anyone" (ne1) probably has nothing to say of interest, since they can't be bothered to learn a simple rule of communications. They probably also have a very lazy thought process, since they think that shaving off the whole .00001 second difference between the two words matter.
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