Twitter: Because Reading Is Hard

Posted: August 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

More and more, I’m finding Twitter shorthand artifacts creeping into written communication. People seem to be foregoing thoughtful, meaningful writing for machine-gun bursts of text stripped down to its basic meaning. Written language reduced nearly to binary functionality, devoid of nuance or value in the words themselves. The iceburg lettuce of the English language.

I have to assume this is a byproduct of the Ritalin generation, but I want so much for this awful trend to somehow be bucked for a renewed appreciation of subtlety and style.

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Comments
  1. morgie says:

    I am guilty of the twit. However, I try to also keep /other/ lines of communication open. It is sometimes harder then it should be. 😉

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am guilty of the twit. However, I try to also keep /other/ lines of communication open. It is sometimes harder then it should be. 😉

  3. _absolutely says:

    i’m pretty tired of twitter clogging up my friends page. i mean, it’s like: i really don’t care what you’ve been doing on twitter all day, do you think the rest of lj does?

  4. Anonymous says:

    i’m pretty tired of twitter clogging up my friends page. i mean, it’s like: i really don’t care what you’ve been doing on twitter all day, do you think the rest of lj does?

    • Reuben says:

      Heh, well, you are a nurse and former technical liason, so effective, succinct writing has long been in your best interest.
      However, I think knowing how to write effectively is as much about knowing what to express, or what not to express, as how to express it. People seem to be littering so much meaningless crap out there with no ability to communicate anything of meaning. Vocabulary is being undermined by “@mybuddy lol so true!”.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Not sure I agree

    • Anonymous says:

      Heh, well, you are a nurse and former technical liason, so effective, succinct writing has long been in your best interest.

      However, I think knowing how to write effectively is as much about knowing what to express, or what not to express, as how to express it. People seem to be littering so much meaningless crap out there with no ability to communicate anything of meaning. Vocabulary is being undermined by “@mybuddy lol so true!”.

  6. aardammit says:

    with this statement.

  7. Anonymous says:

    with this statement.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s just as annoying as “you know” and “I was like..” becoming part of the lexicon. People can’t talk anymore, let alone write.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s just as annoying as “you know” and “I was like..” becoming part of the lexicon. People can’t talk anymore, let alone write.

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