That’s right. Let me say it once more, “Twitter makes you a better writer.” Don’t worry, my jaw dropped when I first read it, too. But this blog post has me convinced—well, almost. We tend to concentrate on the negative effects technology has on language—abbreviated words, improper grammar, spelling, and capitalization, and an overall decrease in effective communication—but what of the positives?
This blog claims that Twitter improves writing because it forces the writer to be terribly concise—she is allotted only 140 characters after all. This brevity requires the writer to enhance her vocabulary, to find words that are shorter and more descriptive. She must also “pump up” her verbs, so she can eliminate excessive adjectives and adverbs. The concision also requires one to edit her posts. And editing always makes for better writing.
Moreover, I think the world of blogging has made grammar and grammar rules accessible. With a wealth of grammar blogs at their disposal, writers are easily able to look up rules, double check the meanings of words, and avoid commonly misused or misspelled words. If Google has made us smarter, it has also made us better writers.
But can the encouraging effects technology has on writing outweigh the detrimental ones? I don’t think so. Something needs to be done to reverse the dangerous trends of text speak. Or else all writing will devolve into i <3 2 blg twt n fb!
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