Friday, April 25, 2008

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Electronic Informalities v. Academic Tradition

Okay, so text language is clearly not my native writing tongue. But it is becoming the first language of the wired generation of young folks in school today, as the NYTimes reports. And this does create quite an interesting situation for educators - when to insist on "standard English" and when to let a few LOLZ slide by...that is the question.

While I find it very interesting to consider how emerging technologies evolve language and communication (like silent reading and the printing press), the statement in this article that really caught my attention was,
More than half of the teenagers surveyed had a profile on a social networking site like Facebook or MySpace, 27 percent had an online journal or blog and 11 percent had a personal Web site. Generally, girls dominated the teenage blogosphere and social networks.*


So, where are all the girl bloggers? Where are the women online? Like the proliferation of txt-style writing across mediums, forms, and spaces, it seems that tech-savvy women are everywhere - if we just recognize them.


*Emphasis mine.

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