Grossmont College Txtng Is Killing Language. Jk!!! – John Mc Whorter Essay

Texting has become an accepted way of speaking to each other. But is this accepted method effective? Can it clearly communicate your thinking? Is it a viable way to fix problems, say something important or maintain a relationship?

The Assignment:

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  • Watch the video posted on Canvas or copy and paste this link in your browser:Txtng is killing language. JK!!! – John McWhorter (Links to an external site.)Txtng is killing language. JK!!! - John McWhorter
  • Write an essay about the video and your texting experience:
    • Pull three details that are very interesting to you from his talk and summarize Then explain how those three details work within language. Cite the video in your essay.
    • Once you have summarized the three details, and explained those details:
      • analyze one of your own (classroom appropriate*) text messages/exchanges with a significant other in which you apologized or attempted to clarify a disagreement or relational issue.
      • If you do not have any exchanges related to this prompt, create a text message dialogue and then follow the instructions for this assignment.
      • Include the text messages and brief backstory about the issue in your essay so the reader understands what occurred.
      • * Please choose a text message exchange that is appropriate for discussion in the classroom and does not in any way embarrass you or your significant other.
  • When analyzing your message, explain any text speech, emoticons, symbols you choose to use:
    • How do they convey your thinking, message, and texting style?
    • Also, IYHO, to what extent does the evolution of informal language influence the way in which we are able to communicate?

NOTE: Your essay should:

  • have a clear (and brief) introduction, a body and a clear (and brief) conclusion.
  • be 1000-1200 words in length.
  • incorporate three textbook references from three different chapters. Include a clear in-text reference (text chapter, page number).
  • not include a reference page.
  • be free of spelling and grammar errors.
  • college-level writing

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