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From The Guardian:

People think that the written language seen on mobile phone screens is new and alien, but all the popular beliefs about texting are wrong. Its graphic distinctiveness is not a new phenomenon, nor is its use restricted to the young. There is increasing evidence that it helps rather than hinders literacy. And only a very tiny part of it uses a distinctive orthography. A trillion text messages might seem a lot, but when we set these alongside the multi-trillion instances of standard orthography in everyday life, they appear as no more than a few ripples on the surface of the sea of language. Texting has added a new dimension to language use, but its long-term impact is negligible. It is not a disaster.

2 Responses to “Texting”

  1. annod says:

    Have only recently stumbled upon your blog, and am continuing to find it very inspiring…thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    I particularly enjoyed this article on txt msgng:) thanks for linking to it.

    Am also wondering why, when you have so many RSS subscribers, dont many people make a comment…just curious.

    jb says: I’m a bit frightening, donna. Grrrrr . . .

  2. donna says:

    Whoops, seems my dyslexia is taking over, and grrr yourself, you seem quite nice, not frightening at all…

    I guess it was a rather rude question asking why people weren’t talking to you, my curiousity got the better of me.

    Although I’m relatively new to blogging I have found some people will make a short comment just to stay in the conversation, but given your huge RSS figures it doesnt seem that way here.

    You do blog very interesting stuff so I am still curious as to why not many will comment, and grrr its not because you’re frightening. Maybe they’re super busy, or intimidated or they’re all just lurkers who generally dont ever talk at all?

    For me, reading blogs is mostly about consuming the words but I always try to make a comment to balance that up as I know its a big job to keep a blog up and running and comments make it all seem worthwhile 🙂

    jb says: I never thought too much about comments, Donna. I suppose when you run a blog like mine, which is mainly about books and ideas, you don’t really expect loads of people chipping in. If it was about technology or football, fishing or sheds, something popular, then it would be different. And the relatively high subscription figures? Would that figure in itself lead to a high rate of commenting? It does, after all, reflect readers who want to read the posts and not have to visit the site, where they could comment if they wanted to.