For most people, it has become perfectly natural to take today’s communications networks for granted on many different levels. We get home from work and switch on the TV set to watch the news or a favorite show without giving it a second thought. We turn on the radio and listen to some music or a talk show and the idea that it might not be there doesn’t even enter our heads.
Yet these and other means of getting a message across from a single broadcasting point to anywhere in the country or even in the world have become commonplace occurrences that we simply expect to be there on demand. But several decades ago, such complacency would not have been so widespread. Television as a communications medium for advertisers as well as show makers to display their ingenuity was still in its infancy compared to its presence today. Viewers were held in awe over the ability to see moving pictures of places they could only ever dream of visiting or watch drama shows that came to life and filled the imaginations of the masses.
With the twenty first century now into its second decade, the evolution of communications is continuing at an incredible rate. The Internet has brought the world of information to the fingertips of people around the world while mobile comms devices such as smart phones and touch screen tablets have taken it to a whole new level of interactivity and accessibility.
While this explosion in technological advancement into the way we stay in touch and gather information has altered our lives for the better, it has also created a spin off effect that may not be quite so well received, especially from the education systems of the civilized world. Due to the nature of handheld devices such as mobile phones and the restrictions placed on the ability to type messages cheaply, or even for no cost depending upon the application or service provider contract you may have negotiated, the art of “texting” has created a sub-language all of its own.
This texting language has all manner of words deliberately shortened to facilitate faster typing and sending of messages to the point that to the uninformed, they can appear almost unintelligible. This reduction in lucidity of the sharing of information may or may not have a negative effect on the learning and cognitive ability of upcoming generations. This balance needs to be addressed and more information on improving your mental capacity for achieving your creative potential can be found here www.axcp.org.
The need for better education to incorporate both sides of communication has manifest with standard language needing to be emphasized alongside the truncated texting language that is fast taking over. As long as people don’t lose sight of the correct form of language and grammar, the two forms can and doubtless will live together harmoniously for generations to come.