I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

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?