Monday, 27 April 2009

R we getn thikker?

Eugh...even my own title repulses me

I'm glad to see the media are providing coverage on the ever-decreasing value of language, vocabulary, spelling, grammar.

In today's Indy (and BT) Robert Fisk writes an opinion piece lambasting society's reluctance to read books, and the knock on effects this has on grammar
Meanwhile in The Times, a leading report by Alexandra Frean on the shrinking range of language in children (especially amongst disadvantaged children) coins the phrase 'word poverty', and makes an interesting observation - "If a child hits or pushes another child, it is usually because they don't have the language of conflict resolution."

Other pieces worth looking at are the appalling comments made here by a 'leading academic' calling for spelling within English language to be re-drafted along phonetic lines.

Another interesting report can be found here, at First Things, A self-titled journal of Religion, Culture and Public life which makes the point that the Internet has not increased our learning, but rather increased our social network at the expense of our social skills. I found this particularly true: "The genuine significance of the Web to a seventeen-year-old mind is not the universe of knowledge brought to their fingertips, but an instrument of non-stop peer contact”
Below is my favourite mis-spelling, taken at London protests against Israeli strikes in Gaza

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