Thursday, May 01, 2008
The above photo is the Library of Congress building dome. If you haven't seen it in person, you're missing a classic American experience! (loc.gov)
James Billington, Librarian of Congress, recently stated that young Americans' electronic communications may be damaging "the basic unit of human thought - the sentence."
The full report, released on April 24, 2008 by Pew Internet & American Life Project is available here, in an 83 page PDF http://pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Writing_Report_FINAL3.pdf.
In full sentences(!), the report covers the influence of instant messages and text messaging on teens but also looks at the quantity and quality of writing generated by teens.
The Pew report shows that most teens surveyed do not believe their messaging and emails are considered "writing," perhaps proving the point that most of what they write, and therefore, read, is not of merit.
While most teens write something every day, the average writing assignment is only one paragraph.
At least teen blogs are more prolific writers, with the Pew report citing that 47 percent of teen bloggers write for personal reasons several times a week..