Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news.
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An intriguing defense of txtng.
I'm not a huge fan of texting myself. I text occassionally, but still prefer to just type what I would say if standing near the person. I make few attempts to save "valuable time" by abbreviating the spelling of words I'm using. Though recently I've picked up suggestions that not doing so is somehow sending red flags that I'm too old to be paid any attention to by those so much younger than I am and apparently so much wiser than I am.
Actually, part of my resistance to using texting abbreviation is probably motivated by the same forces that I used to perceive in others as being signs of a Luddite.
So how to respond to this challenging talk?
What did I hear that I hadn't sufficiently considered before?
And, what did I not hear that I think should also have been considered?
I won't bother you with my lengthy responses to both questions. I actually meant them to be rhetorical anyway.
But, I did hear several thought-provoking and potentially opinion shifting ideas producing a positive response that I had not previously held regarding texting.
And, at the same time, there were a few concerns that I still have regarding texting's place in the development of effective communication between people or perhaps that comes inbetween people that weren't addressed.
That's all, I'm just saying.