Is internet English debasing the language?

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Is internet English debasing the language? Not IMHO Read the full article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/may/28/internet-english-debasing-language-steven-poole#ixzz2Ug9rHK4s

The internet might be a historic boon for kitten-fanciers and steaming-eared trolls, but it’s not all good news. Online writing, you see, is destroying the purity of English as we know it and threatening to dumb us all down into a herd of screen-jabbing illiterates. Or so runs one regular technophobic complaint, the latest version of which has been offered by Robert McCrum. He is worried about what he describes as “the abuse and impoverishment of English online (notably, in blogs and emails)” and what he perceives as “the overall crassness of English prose in the age of global communications”. 

Read the full article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/may/28/internet-english-debasing-language-steven-poole#ixzz2UgA8DvKS

Do you grok it? ... Scrabble tiles spell out LOL . Photograph: Nick Sinclair /Alamy Read the full article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/may/28/internet-english-debasing-language-steven-poole#ixzz2UgAX3CO0

Do you grok it? … Scrabble tiles spell out LOL . Photograph: Nick Sinclair /Alamy
Read the full article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/may/28/internet-english-debasing-language-steven-poole#ixzz2UgAX3CO0