Monday, August 13, 2012

Zero Tolerance Zone

I almost lose the ability to speak when I see something like this.

It's rampant, completely out of control, and Facebook is the place I find the worst offenders. That's where I found this one. People post things like this - presumably because they agree with the statement, or it represents something they believe in - yet they don't care enough to look it over to make sure they don't look like idiots once it goes up with their name attached. And they don't think it even matters, because it's "only online" or "only on Facebook" or "only a text message".
This guy has the right idea - not hiring people who use poor grammar. I would expand that to punctuation and the ability to write coherent sentences. People in the comments section of the article had a lot to say, some defending the fact that the author is so nit-picky, others taking the side of those who can't spell. One commenter, a law professor, mentioned how young people today seem to have a collective inability to express themselves and communicate even on the most basic level. I couldn't agree more.

The author of the article makes an excellent point when he said this: "Yes, language is constantly changing, but that doesn't make grammar unimportant. Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence. And, for better or worse, people judge you if you can't tell the difference between their, there, and they're."

I think that just about covers it. I'm done.

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