McWhorter, Txtng is killing language

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If somebody from 1973 looked at what was on a dormitory message board in 1993, the slang would have changed a little bit since the era of "Love Story," but they would understand what was on that message board. Take that person from 1993 — not that long ago, this is "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" — those people. Take those people and they read a very typical text written by a 20-year-old today. Often they would have no idea what half of it meant because a whole new language has developed among our young people doing something as mundane as what it looks like to us when they're batting around on their little devices.

Se qualcuno dal 1973 guardasse quello che c'è scritto sulla bacheca di un dormitorio del 1993, il gergo sarebbe cambiato un po' dall'era di "Love Story", ma capirebbe quello che c'è scritto su quella bacheca. Prendete quella persona del 1993 — non è molto tempo fa, sono quelli di "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" — quella gente lì. Prendete quella gente e fatele leggere un tipico testo scritto da un ventenne di oggi. Spesso non hanno la minima idea di quello che significa perché si è sviluppata una lingua tutta nuova tra i giovani che fanno cose che a noi sembrano banali come digitare sui loro piccoli apparecchi.

McWhorter, John. Txtng Is Killing Language. JK!!! Accessed June 12, 2017. https://www.ted.com/talks/john_mcwhorter_txtng_is_killing_language_jk.


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V. Hugo, Les misérables

We should be teaching our children the basic up-to-date, fact-based framework—life on the four levels and in the four regions—and training them to use Factfulness rules of thumb—the bullet points from the end of each chapter. This would enable them to put the news from around the world in context and spot when the media, activists, or salespeople are triggering their dramatic instincts with overdramatic stories. These skills are part of the critical thinking that is already taught in many schools. They would protect the next generation from a lot of ignorance.
H. Rosling, Factfulness

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