Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thinking About the Internet and Writing

Salon asks : "Digital Nation": What has the Internet done to us? by Heather Havrilesky

"After all, my 13-year-old stepson texts more often than he speaks, my 3-year-old daughter wants her own bright pink iPad so she can see what Cinderella is doing right now, I waste most of my day reading Tweets from a Laura Ingalls Wilder impersonator..."

From the Best Article Every Day—How the Internet Changed Writing in the 2000s by Kevin Kelleher

"...language is always evolving, and a more conversational English isn’t a bad thing. “Writing, when properly managed…is but a different name for conversation.” Laurence Sterne wrote that in Tristram Shandy 250 years ago. Thanks to the Internet, it’s more true now than ever."

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