From Twitter to Newspeak

OMG! In further proof of the dumbing down of society, or that that Goerge Orwell might have been more prolific than previously thought. An author has recently decided to use the latest fad Twitter, to publish his novel 140 characters at a time, according to a story at scitech. For those who haven't read the book Nineteen Eighty-Four, it was written in the late 1940's about the year 1984 where a totalitarian regime is always watching and controlling the population, through the promotion of blind obedience. One of the ways they do this is through newspeak, an abbreviated version on the English language. With twitter being the latest fad, and people lol'ing there way through a text message or IM conversation, while they talk about their x-mas plans or the item they have 4 sale on e-bay, how long will it be before we see a dictionary of newspeak to tell us all the meaning of the abbreviated words we need to know? "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words" one of the characters on the novel tells us. With the average black man talking like he's from the ghetto, even though he's never been to one. Or the average white man talking like he's from the deep south, even though he lives in the pacific northwest. Or the ever increasing Mexican population not even bothering to learn the language. How long will it be before we see our language reduced to a bunch of gibberish? Not in my lifetime!?!?! Maybe, maybe not.

Comments

Rooster said…
Already done... http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/textmessageabbreviations.asp
CM said…
Damn, a person really could have a full conversation in abbreviation.