New online course offering at McSweeney’s – ENG 371WR: Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era
For you fellow old fogies (in the internet age, that means anyone over 30) who lament the fall of the English language into some kind of weird pidgin language filled with “AFAIK” and “BOSMKL”. Robert Lanham’s got a fun piece on McSweeney’s called Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview. It’ll leave you, well, ROFL.
Just wo(a?)ndering here, but it really is like a pidgin language. Except that pidgin languages develop to facilitate communication between two groups who ordinarily could not communicate because of language barriers (ASAMOF). Except most of the people involved don’t have that problem. So, maybe in a weird linguistic sci-fi twist, it came about, not to facilitate communication among people, but between people and computers, cellphones – or Twitter. Creepy. IMNSHO.
Perhaps its TEOTWAWKI.