Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Digital media not learning students how to write good

This writer worries that texting and tweeting will ruin our written language, even though it has gotten young people to do more writing.   - - Donna Poisl

Editorial, Ledger-Enquirer

Thanks mostly to the proliferation of digital media, American young people are writing more. The problem is that what they're writing sometimes bears little resemblance to English.

The casual jargon of texting and tweeting, many language instructors believe, isn't a problem per se; specialized language variations for special contexts are usually harmless. There have always been different kinds of slang and always will be; people with an adequate understanding of proper language shift gears with little trouble.

The problem with Digitalese, many educators fear, is that it's replacing standard English instead of just providing a contextual alternative to it.
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