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Recently a local writer forwarded on Facebook an article that denounced the use of two spaces after the period in a sentence. The author of the piece argued that in our wonderful high tech world we are wasting space when we use two of them after a period. He then went on about other “Out Dated” practices that we learned in school, that he claims have no use in the modern world. However his conclusions were difficult to buy into as he appeared to make his points by breaking most of the “Rules of Grammar” within the article; perhaps in an attempt to support his thesis.
The written word has been around for thousands of years, yet it has never before been so mutilated than it has with the birth of the internet; the worst offender being Twitter. Tweets, as they are called, are limited to 140 characters. That requires the user to compose their communications in creative and abbreviated ways. If people only knew how much they had truly lost.
The written word is the paint the author uses to create some of the world’s best art. Think about it, what do you feel when you read such words as, A rose by any other name would smell as sweet; It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife; It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen; It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; “To be, or not to be: that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?
One contemporary author refereed to his writing as “musical notes on the page.” It is not enough to simply tell the story. An author must transport the reader’s imagination through space and time to a place that they have never known and often had never before existed. This requires stimulating the part of the brain that was never meant for basic communication and elicit the use of the creative functions. Reading, by its very construct, is a cognitive function used by the logic centers of the brain. To make the very different parts work together, the writer must take a disciplined structure that the reader has been well taught in and use it in a way that flows like music.
With that being said, it is concerning that today’s youth are being short changed in the disciplines of reading and writing. Fifth graders are writing school papers on computers, often cutting and pasting their answers, schools are eliminating the teaching of long hand writing and English teachers are telling their students that traditional rules of printing no longer apply to the digital age. Weep for our hash tag future.

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