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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)

TITLE: The Death of the Written Word
By mark lyon
01/23/08


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Throughout the ages, humankind has continually struggled to enhance, increase, and streamline its efforts to communicate its history, its opinions, its politics, its motives, and its story about the parameters of its existence. Each civilization grew and developed the dynamics of their correspondence through features such as physical gestures, outward appearances, verbal expressions, and written exposés.

These type of communication nuisances have existed for thousands of years.
But in the last century, humanity has rapidly moved away from the traditional forms of historic intercommunication.

Today’s, high tech, fast paced civilization is transforming itself into a more visual and illustrated form of communicating to the masses. Video imagery has now moved to the forefront as the normal, acceptable form of dialogue, discussion, and discourse. No longer is modern society bound to elongated, wordy transcripts of detailed expressions.

What does this foretell about the future of writing and composition? How will writing and syntax be different in 100 years? Will writing as we know it, eventually become extinct?

The former, practical usage of written text, books, manuscripts, and transcripts are being shortened and replaced by abbreviated, quick bullet-like, incisions that require one to manipulate condensed, abridged, and reduce wording into recognizing the overall meaning of the context.

Grammatically rules of sentence structuring and phonetically labels of sentence development no longer apply to the enclave of instant messaging and abbreviated notations. The written image has been shortened to accommodate the increasing influence of video entertainment and educational resources. Most writing today is short, abbreviated, explanations of long-term phraseology.

Already, we are beginning to see a dramatic shift in the complexity, style, and format of sentencing structure. Just as television gave rise to the 30 second sound bite generation in the last half of the 20th century, today we are witnessing the rise of a new environment of shorter, inter-active, and condensed forms of written dialogue assertively displaying itself in areas of advertising, instant messaging, education, and in the headlines of daily events.

We have crossed over into new dimensions of communication and interpretation.
For many of us, the technology is moving faster than our ability to communicate, process, and understand the content.

In order to communicate to the world tomorrow, we have to adapt to the changes today.
4 U C, we have 2 learn 2 walk again!


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nicole wian01/24/08
Scary for a writer! My nephew just tried to tell me that books are passe. I believe that you're correct and it's unfortunate.
Joy Faire Stewart01/24/08
You have confronted some issues I have not considered and you make some excellent points. I wasn't expecting the ending and thought it was perfect!
Yvonne Blake 01/26/08
So true, so true!
I love the study of languages, and it saddens me to see the deteriation of the written word, too.
Great job...keep writing.
Joshua Janoski01/29/08
I think it's important that we keep the written word preserved for future generations. Nice article!