A New System?
"The future of books is a large subject and perhaps this is not a suitable place to pursue it. We hear every day that the book is dead and that even the dimmest child can find 'anything' on the internet." (Truss 178)
At the end of last summer, while I was gathering up all my supplies for school, I bought a dictionary and a thesaurus. They have remained unused and uopen on one of my shelves in my room for the entire year. Every time I need to look up a word, I refer to the internet. I can't even remember the last time I opened an encyclopedia. Almost all of the research I complete is online.
Even though I still research mostly online, most of the sources I use I have to print out. I can't read long pages of information from the screen. I still like having a hard copy to read, highlight, and make notes on. Even though through the internet I am able to find much more information in a much shorter period of time, I still believe the printed word is the best final form of a source to use.
Although I agree that the internet, emails, and text messages have done and will continue to damage our language system (especially punctuation), I think it's just another change that is adapting our language to our environments. For example, Truss mentions the Egyptians hieroglyphics and how they faded out as being the common form of written language. I'm sure the Egyptians felt the same way we do know when this change happened. We're worried that our punctuation and grammar system is falling apart. Maybe it is, but it may not be for the worst. It could only be leading up to a new system we may have someday due to our technology. Language changed when the printing press was invented, now its changing again because of new technology. Despite this possibility, I still hate to see punctuation and grammar being abused simply because people are so used to shortcuts from emails and text messages.
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