[lg policy] Content-free prose: The latest threat to writing or the next big thing?

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Sun Jun 26 04:01:25 UTC 2011

There's a new post on the Web of Language:

Content-free prose: The latest threat to writing or the next big thing?

There’s a new online threat to writing. Critics of the web like to blame email, texts, and chat for killing prose. Even blogs—present company included—don’t escape their wrath. But in fact the opposite is true: thanks to computers, writing is thriving. More people are writing more than ever, and this new wave of everyone’s-an-author bodes well for the future of writing, even if not all that makes its way online is interesting or high in quality.
But two new digital developments, ebook spam and content farms, now threaten the survival of writing as we know it.

Read about it on the Web of Language:  http://t.co/8rGAK7E
Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English                    
University of Illinois 
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801                                               

office: 217-244-0568
fax: 217-333-4321


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