An International Greeting

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The internet is a marvelous, mysterious, dangerous thing. I won’t prattle on about that last item. I’ve done some of that already. I want to focus on the first two. Years ago, I owned and operated an entertainment website that featured a chat forum. Through that forum I was able to connect with people all over the globe. I formed some decent friendships in the years I frequented my site (and others).

I stepped away from that world almost a decade ago because I was becoming too consumed with my online life and my real life was suffering. I don’t regret that choice. Now that I’m blogging though, I’m reminded of some of the things I loved about that old life of mine. I’m still fascinated by my ability to connect with people half a world away. Some might argue — validly — that the internet is changing the way that humans interact with one another and I would agree. Like the proverbial two-edged sword, this brings about consequences that are both beneficial and, well… not beneficial.

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Death by Elocution

Wat r u talkin bout?

Wat r u talkin bout?

If you read the title to this article and thought it was going to be about capital punishment and the electric chair, you’ve already illustrated my point. Linguists agree that all language changes organically and the English language is no exception. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Language is like human skin in that it adapts to our needs. Advancements in technology, culture and social values are reflected in how a group of people communicate those changes. Typically the rate of change of most languages is relatively slow, with only a handful of new words or expressions being “officially” adopted by dictionary publishers annually. However, in the past 20-25 years we’ve seen drastic modifications in spelling, punctuation, grammar combined with a grand influx of new terms. Texts, emails and instant messages have created a whole subset of the English vocabulary and some people (like myself) have concerns regarding the degradation of an important and beautiful language. Contemporary alterations could hinder global communications, reduce our ability to organize and express our ideas as well as impede our capacity to compose resplendent literature.

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