Future Voices: Speaking out against “this pseudo-communicative, brain-dulling form of writing”

What would Ernest Hemingway think about the state of English today? (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bure

What would Ernest Hemingway think about the state of English today? (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman) - Credit: AP

An issue, I have witnessed, that young people face is the degradation of language caused by a mass over-indulgence in technology.

People don't write any more, they text in something that's as far away from the Queen's English as Kanye West is from being the 'greatest living rock star on the planet'.

It's called 'Instant Messaging', yet you spend three hours decoding the cryptic text. 'LOL' this, 'LMFAO' that. It's ridiculous; this pseudo-communicative, brain-dulling form of writing is creating a young population with no love for the English language.

Hemingway once said, 'Don't write if you can't write.'

In this, he probably meant if you can't construct clean, honest prose and tell an affirming story then don't bother.


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However, now, with a generation of txt talkerz, one could interpret it as: 'If you can't write a sentence without 'wuu2' or 'ROLF' then it's probably best you don't.'

We should be encouraging young people to indulge in Hemingway and other greats, not Twittbook.

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I believe this has been brought about by the gluing of noses to computer screens, the affixing of eyes to TVs and phones being perpetually stuck in the hands of young people. If you mention the 'great outdoors' to someone suffering from this addiction, a response will consist of something like, 'Is that on Netflix?' or 'Is there an app for that?'

So that's the issue. The solution? I don't know.

I'm writing this on a computer, am often glued to Netflix and always carry my phone with me. But the first step to overcoming an addiction is acceptance, right?

If we, the younger generation, use the romantic, beautiful English language with pride we can reclaim our generation as that of the next great writers and not the brain-dead txterz.

Alexander Caesari, 18, Fakenham

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