Friday, August 28, 2009
Here is an interesting discussion of the young and their propensity to write -- texting, Facebook entries, e-mail, etc. Research apparently shows that they are expressing themselves in print more than previous generations and have gained a facility for addressing themselves to an audience. The only concern I have is that they are not necessarily using standard American grammar and spelling, which is what is needed in public relations and business later on. Also, they are not necessarily editing their work. All writing for the public should be rewriting and not spur of the moment expression that leaves ambiguities unexplained and poor word choices in place. While the young are writing more, it might be difficult to teach them to edit their work.