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Can You Tweet Yourself into a Better Writer?

Sep 17, 2013

OMG: Do social media platforms like Twitter undermine our kids' ability to communicate coherently? It's a question that Andrea Lunsford, scholar of writing and rhetoric at Stanford, asks as she compares this generation’s writing skills to that of their grandparents. What Lunsford finds may surprise some. Though writing has become less formal, the average rate of errors in writing has gone virtually unchanged. Lunsford even sees a positive shift as "freshman composition papers had exploded in length and intellectual complexity" over the past century. The Globe and Mail dives into the details of her work.

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Can You Tweet Yourself into a Better Writer?

Sep 17, 2013

OMG: Do social media platforms like Twitter undermine our kids' ability to communicate coherently? It's a question that Andrea Lunsford, scholar of writing and rhetoric at Stanford, asks as she compares this generation’s writing skills to that of their grandparents. What Lunsford finds may surprise some. Though writing has become less formal, the average rate of errors in writing has gone virtually unchanged. Lunsford even sees a positive shift as "freshman composition papers had exploded in length and intellectual complexity" over the past century. The Globe and Mail dives into the details of her work.

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