Posted by Bob on March 07, 2004
In Reply to: "In" writing style on Internet posted by Ward Fredericks on March 04, 2004
: : : This is a mildly amusing, if cranky, article.
: : : "How to write like a wanker"
: : : No matter what Flash-blinded web monkeys would have us believe, the Internet is a text-based medium: especially its major discussion forums (IRC and Usenet) where people from all over the world can interact and share information. A popular misconception about text messages on the Internet is that, to be an effective communicator and earn the respect and admiration of your peers, you must be able to write lucid prose; that your messages, articles, posts and pages must be easy to understand and pleasant to read.
: : : Nothing could be further from the truth.
: : : Popular sites filled with cutting-edge Internet cognoscenti (such as Slashdot and ShackNews) give the lie to this harmful and destructive myth: they are brimming with horrific grammar, atrocious spelling, gratuitous abbreviation and childish, arrogant attitude. To be "in" on the net, you must write like a wanker. . .
: : : (Instructions follow.)
: : :
: : : http://www.guidenet.net/resources/wanker.html
: : I'm sure you must have a point!
: :::One of the very appealing aspects of this site is the presence of some broadly educated and clear thinking writers. I've always admired clarity of thought and expression, and this medium values and showcases the ability to write briefly and communicate thought in an open manner.
: Hope the exemplars of this forum don't take any lessons in writing from ESC's materials above. "What a shame t'would be"
If there's a writer, and a reader, one of them has to work hard.