Critical View of Texting

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‘Is texting ruining the English language or providing us with an opportunity to use language creatively’ Texting is a form of written communication or multi modal talk that is used in everyday life by a worldwide population. It has become a modern phenomenon and during the short messaging interaction it has already got its own language giving the sense of imagination and diversity of the English language. However originally when texting first arrived in 1992 it was strangely unabbreviated reading ‘Merry Christmas’. This shows texting was never made to be creative but has evolved through generations into an ever growing sensation. Statistics from 2008 show that 4 billion messages were sent, which suggests that texting has become hugely popular in the 21st century and popular than other forms of communication such as letters or fax. Texting has been seen as the language that a younger audience is commonly using and a lively alternative to the traditionalist’s choice. This shows that text speak is considered to be an opportunity to be different which identifies text speak as a brevity and unique and therefore a creative language. However a common argument that has been addressed is whether or not texting is creative. Social attitudes towards texting are sometimes quite negative, for example, John Humphrys believes that the English language is being damaged by the multi modal talk hence the title ‘I h8 txt msgs: How texting is wrecking our language’ and that the younger audience has been influenced to use more slang and vague words such as ‘like’. In this case Humphrys believe that because teenagers are using brevity and non-standard English it is ruining their language. John Humphrys is a clear example of traditionalists this means he is against the forms of texts and you can learn that Standard English is his only preference. ‘a good dictionary is a fine thing’,
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