Re: 'Stereotype' thread - evolved.

Subject: Re: 'Stereotype' thread - evolved.
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 14:58:58 -0500

John Posada wrote:
> I'd like to divert this thread to a different subject, that I think
> we will find more suitable to this forum.

> For all intents and purposes, this generation is the first generation
> that is learning to write online.

Hardly. Computers aren't that widespread, there's enormous differences
acroos countries, regions, economic classes, ... And even for the
Western kids with computers readily accessible, they don't have a
computer on every desk at school.

Teachers are naturally to some extent a conservative force. They've
been denigrating non-standard English -- whether Scots "dinna" or
Appalachian "ain't" or Caribbean "mon" -- in classrooms for centuries,
and will no doubt continue this. In my view, teaching standard English
as a second dialect is fine, so long as it doesn't lead to denigration
of people for the dialect they start with.

> I'd be interested to hear if this is an actual issue or if I'm just
> being "old", from any parents, teachers, or preferably, both, ...

Some data on net writing styles:

Also, from "A Primer on How to Work With the Usenet Community"

Your Postings Reflect Upon You -- Be Proud of Them.

Most people on Usenet will know you only by what you say and how well you
say it. They may someday be your co-workers or friends. Take some time
to make sure each posting is something that will not embarrass you later.
Minimize your spelling errors and make sure that the article is easy to
read and understand. Writing is an art and to do it well requires
practice. Since much of how people judge you on the net is based on your
writing, such time is well spent.

Incidentally, any net.newbies around might want to look at the
newshroup news.announce.newsusers and/or the documents from it
stored on archives such as

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