The rebirth of language

Credit: Quartz

Credit: Quartz

Abbreviated language has become a hot topic of debate over the last half decade. Is it killing English? Is it saving English? And what about emoticons, these little pieces of code that go from a colon and a parentheses and turn into a smiley face. How can we have a generation of literate, intelligent people who are fluent in our languages if they’re only capable of sending faces? But in reality, this is not the problem that we face. In fact the direct results of these new ways of communication have improved how we talk to each other. People are constantly inundated with messages and chains with the longest of long emails. Between messenger, Viber, SMS, WhatsApp, etc, , Etc.,, etc., people can’t focus. And when you can’t focused nothing gets done, nothing gets communicated. This new language, the smiles, the symbols, the abbreviations… these are not glitches, they’re innovations.

For literally thousands of years, people have been changing the way we communicate and people have been saying it was wrong. But I couldn’t even be typing this if it wasn’t for “glitches” in our language. People used to think English, and French, in Spanish were all gobbledygook. People thought the typewriter meant people were going to become illiterate. People thought the Internet would kill knowledge. Of course, none of this true.

Credit: Quartz

Credit: Quartz

As a writer for online publication Quartz puts it, “People can now communicate complex feelings in a streamlined manner—perfect for our modern, fast-paced world.” 

~ by jordandmtp on April 7, 2015.

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