The Consequences Of Texting V2b Or Not 2b By David Crystal

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As stated in the article, “2b or Not 2b” by David Crystal, people believe that texting is not a natural form of communication and that it is wrecking our language. Although some people may agree with this idea, studies have challenged this opinion. Rather than fearing the consequences of texting, people should embrace this evolution and understand that this new form of communication may actually provide benefits to literacy. This author once stated, “there is no evidence that texting teaches people to spell badly: rather, research shows that those kids who text frequently are more likely to be the most literate and the best spellers, because you have to know how to manipulate language” (David Crystal Quotes). The moral panic created by this form of socialization should be diminished, as people have the power and ability to shape our future. In a newspaper article, John Humphrys once argued that texters are “vandals who are doing to our language what Genghis Khan did to his neighbors 800 years ago. They are destroying it: pillaging our punctuation; savaging our sentences; raping our vocabulary. And they must be stopped.” Many people agree with this idea, and believe that texting is ruining the English language. This…show more content…
Stuart Campbell, who claimed that texts sent by the victim proved his innocence, was found guilty after being caught for forging the messages. A detailed comparison of the murderer 's vocabulary and stylistic features of texting showed that he was the one who had actually written the texts. This situation is just one of the many examples that show how texting is a relatively unstandardized method of communication. In such context, text language can be used by higher authority to put those who are guilty behind bars. Since texting is prone to idiosyncrasy, authorship differences are easily detected as opposed to the standard English

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