Ralph Fiennes blames Twitter for ‘eroding’ language

I would suggest that it’s not purely relegated to Twitter, but to nearly all forms of online interaction (message boards, Facebook, etc) – bar a few, that many people use the absolute bare minimum to convey their message. As such, it’s more of a symptom of today’s hyper-connected, constantly distracted population, rather than the cause. People seek the quick burst of excitement from mini-interactions or self-promotion that require little effort, rather than taking the time to ‘create’ worthwhile content.

On the other hand, our language is changing, as it has been for hundreds of years. More new words (generally internet-related terms) are being added all the time, a reflection of who we are, as a society.

Personally, I enjoy reading thoughtful and well-crafted messages, no matter the medium, it challenges me and reminds me of a thoroughly engaging three-dimensional conversation, one that I can recognise and respect the work that the creator has put into making it flow.

I’m sure all our writing will one day be replaced with a series of pictures or cartoons.

“This could be viewed as regrettable, as there are some great descriptive words that are being lost and these words would make our everyday language much more colourful and fun if we were to use them. But it’s only natural that with people trying to fit as much information in 140 characters that words are getting shortened and are even becoming redundant as a result.”

Ralph Fiennes blames Twitter for ‘eroding’ language – Telegraph


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