I don't know about you, but I actually cringed while writing that title.
But before I get into that—digression! Because first off, I wanted to thank everyone, especially Frea and the rest of the CIA, for all of the birthday wishes. I kept telling Frea not to do anything, it wasn't a big deal, turning 20 wasn't special, blah blah blah...she ignored me, of course. I'm not surprised, since I did the exact same thing when it was her birthday. Yep, it's a vicious, never-ending cycle. Regardless, I really appreciated it, and I wanted to express that here. So, thank you! You guys helped make my day quite awesome. :)
Anywho. I know that I haven't been around much at all lately; in fact, I'm sure most of you figured I got lost in a cave for the past two months or so. The blame mostly lies in college, but also partly because I'm kind of A.D.D. and, like Frea, tend to get distracted by shiny things and whatnot. (I wish I had the decidedly more effective Frea-like ability to crank out epic chapters and stories every single week, but alas, 'tis not so.) Either way, I've decided that I'm going to try and make more of an effort to at least contribute to the blog a bit more, which in turn will hopefully motivate me to kick myself into gear and get some more Kill Bryce written for you guys. Which sort of brings me to the topic I'd like to discuss now: writing. Or, more specifically, the direction writing seems to be going nowadays. Fair warning, this post may get a bit vent-ish, so if you think you're someone who's easily offended, then now's the time to click that back button or a link to somewhere else.
Still here? Cool. Let's get started, then, shall we?
They're right, of course. It obviously takes less time, effort and characters to type out something like, "omg cnt bleve u g2g work 2mrw!" But man...I don't know about you, but seeing that makes me want to rip my hair out. Yes, I understand that Twitter has a 140 character limit, and that shortcuts are often necessary. Yes, I get that texting was created to be quick, short and simple. Today's society is all about immediacy, after all: we want to communicate, and we want to do it as quickly as we possibly can.
At what cost, though? True, all of these simplified methods of communication are used mostly for social networking purposes. But what about when the trend starts seeping into the areas where professionalism and the real world truly matter? People can argue all they want about this, but I've seen it too many times to count: horrible misspellings in both online and printed articles; glaring grammatical errors littered throughout academic writings; sentence fragments slapped on here and there; commas and apostrophes thrown everywhere like confetti. I've come across papers written by what are supposed to be some of the best and brightest college students in the nation, and I actually shake my head at the mistakes I find. Most of these errors are things we learned in elementary school, the very basics of sentence structure and grammar foundation.
What does that say about our society? That people can't distinguish "your" from "you're," add apostrophes to plurals, and naively hope that Spell Check will catch all of their typos and homonym mistakes? In all honesty, I'm seriously worried for my generation and the generations following me. The internet has become such a huge part of our everyday lives, and because of that, it seems like the general acceptance—hell, the encouragement—of incorrect English is heading in that very same direction. If people are so willing to butcher our own written language, then maybe we've never really had that much respect for it in the first place.
I'm not claiming to be an English expert; trust me, I'm far from it. I can barely read the first fanfiction I wrote way back in 2005, it's so horrendously bad. But the fact is, my ridiculously amateurish story has shown me just how much I've learned after all these years. Even now, I'm still learning—I've probably made several mistakes in this post alone that I'm not even aware of. Maybe you think I'm overanalyzing this, or that I'm being too much of a Grammar Nazi. You wouldn't be the first to think so. But I have too much respect for the English language to cut it down like I've seen so many others do lately. Sure, I admit I'm just as guilty as anyone else in throwing out "lol," "omg," "btw," and numerous other internet abbreviations whenever the social contexts call for it. But there's a time and place for everything, and there's definitely such thing as taking it a little too far. The increasingly blurred line between formal and informal reminds me of that.
I don't doubt that people will continue to ask me "y i waste time typing n prfct english." I could give a whole plethora of answers, but in the end, I just think it looks better. And you know what? It's completely worth the extra two seconds of effort.
Okie dokie. Rant over. Back to my normal self. :)
What does everyone else think?
P.S. - In case some of you can't read the title (I won't lie, I can barely read it myself—I actually had to look up the words on noslang.com to make sure I got the "internet-speak" right), it translates to: "This is serious business, guys."