The Fresno Bee recently ran an article on the effect of IM and similar technologies on the structure of language (Wut r u saying?). I was worried it would be another chicken little story, but I’m actually pretty happy with the balance presented.
What do you think about the effect of IM and similar technologies on people’s ability to write. I’m in the midst of grading, and I must say that I am often shocked at the range of writing among our undergraduates: from outstanding to embarrassing. I have a feeling a lot of that has to do with writing instruction in the high schools and the university, rather than any impact of technology.
Do those of you who are heavy users of IM and texting experience a change in the way you write because of the kinds of grammar and structure that are found there?
And, to ask a question the reporter asked of me, if you think that these new technologies are changing language, over the short or long term, what do you think that change will be?