Today's Poynter Institute Magazine brings up an issue that is circulating in many households and businesses today. People are deeply concerned about today's generation and its ability (or inability) to write well. The article includes this quote: “Just as Socrates was concerned that the invention of writing would make people forgetful, people today are worried about the degree to which we are permanently shaped by digital technologies.” Before you make a judgment, take a look at the points it makes:
- Increases awareness of mistakes & helps prevent them: people are quick to criticize typos.
- Gives you an opportunity to differentiate yourself by writing well.
- Shows the value of storytelling.
- Proves that language is always evolving, and technology is a healthy part of that evolution.
- Creates new words and meanings.
This important article is a must-read for parents, grandparents, educators, librarians, and businesspeople. It's not an endorsement for being sloppy, but shows the bright side of something that is a vital component of today's world.