No one could write in the Middle Ages, when the good writers wrote in Latin and everyone else spoke colloquial languages like French and English, which priests told them were too lame for real writing.
Penelope Trunk is a young business woman who is not afraid to speak her mind. On anything. (Fair warning, when I say anything, I mean anything) I love that, and I loved her post this week: The Internet has created a generation of great writers.
She believes, and I’m right (and write) behind her, that it’s complete bunk that the ‘young’ people of today don’t know how to write. They write differently, that’s all. And therein lies the rub, the sticking point, the elephant in the room. Language is changing. And the people who rail against the disintegration of good writing (who happen to be the same people who say that teenagers are different than they were back in the day) say so because they don’t like the changes they see. Sorry folks, the world will change with or without you, with or without your blessing. Granted, I’d like to receive an email from a student with a little punctuation, but that has little to do with them and everything to do with me.
Ms Trunk also quotes from this Wired article by Clive Thompson based on the new generation of writers and a study done at Stanford. The study indicates that this generation has written more than any generation before, communicates better than any generation before, and understands audiences better than any generation before.
As a playwright, that makes me go hmmmmm, as these are all fantastic qualities for the next generation of theatre. We need to understand our audiences better and communicate with them more intimately. Hmmm.