Twitter for Academia

Fascinating account of how a lecturer is using Twitter as a part of his class.

Surprisingly Twitter is actually good for teaching grammar. Why? Because of its short form those who tweet often abbreviate and abuse grammar rules, developing their own unique ‘twitter rules.’ This helps to demonstrate, both how all communication needs rules/structure and how important something like a comma or a period can be.

The grammar point really made me think. It’s interesting how a lot of people blame the likes of text messaging and instant messaging for falling standards, but are they really affecting traditional writing or merely defining their own rules for the medium?