Grammar and Social Media

Grammar and Social Media

 

I found this comment to be particularly insightful.  You can notice the obvious misspellings.  What was interesting to me was that another commenter took the time to refer to the dictionary and critique the initial commenter.  “tollie59” would definitely be part of the group known as “language cops” described by Andrews on page 34.  Should this informal form of “publishing” something online be subjected to critique?  Can we still get the meaning of this person’s comment?  How about how tollie chose not to use a comma before using quotations?  Should he/she be critiqued for that?  Social media seems to allow for varying degrees of spelling errors and grammar mistakes, but to what point?

Andrews touches on the sociological point that “spelling certainly does count!” (p.155).  He mentions how American culture “places a higher value on written language than any other form.”  Is it possible that because this individual misspelled words, their comment would not be favored as highly?  They would be seen as less-educated?  This definitely appears to be the case.  

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