Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Not Just Gen Y...

This morning I was scrolling through a well-known Australian media/marketing website, having been directed there via facebook by a friend, who was sharing an article about his brother's new job.

Yay for MT's brother. Not that I know him, but I adore his brother and if he's got even a tenth of the heart that MT has, then I'm sure he's a wonderful guy and he'll be a huge success in his new job.

But I digress.

While trawling through this website (which is a professional, industry website) my eye was drawn to a column on the left hand side with a synopsis of a blog post about the passing of Steve Jobs. This "guest" blogger's opinion was that "the world got a bit carried away with the death of the man behind Apple".

I happen to disagree with his point (I think Steve Jobs was a remarkable person who made a significant contribution to our world and how we interact with each other), but that wasn't what bothered me.

No, what bothered me, what REALLY got on my wick, was that in his opening paragraph, this "writer" used the word "morning" to describe the scene in his office, and across the world at the moment of the announcement of Steve Jobs' passing.

Morning.

Not MOURNING.

Morning.

Seriously.

For a start, how can you call yourself a writer if you don't have a basic grasp of the English language? Secondly, where was the editor? Surely that's what they're employed to do - correct those mistakes?

Perhaps I am just being picky. Perhaps the shudder that runs through my entire body every time I see someone writing "hope your having a nice birthday" instead of "hope you're having a nice birthday" on a mutual friend's facebook wall is just a complete over-reaction and merely a consequence of having a father who was a complete pedant when it came to spelling and grammar.

Some may put it down to Gen Y and their reliance on spell-check and auto-correct and unwillingness (or inability) to properly proof-read their work. But gauging by the accompanying profile photo, this writer doesn't appear to be a Gen Y-er. And most of the people writing facebook posts which give me shudders aren't Gen Y either. No, they're Gen X-ers. The majority of whom are becoming world leaders and shaping the future of this planet and it's people.

I worry for the preservation of our beautiful, expressive, intricate English language. I really do.

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