While working on my Capstone project proposal, I stumbled upon a major idea that can be translated into my Writer’s Evolution Essay.
In my original proposal, I compared the evolutionism of the language of comedy films to the evolutionism of my own writing through my three years and many experiences in the Sweetland Writing Minor. I thought this would be an interesting way to connect my final project to the progress that I have made throughout the program.
However, this idea of “language evolution” really got me thinking about one of my favorite concepts of linguistics – of course being the changes of both written and spoken American English language throughout the years. We can all agree that our language has changed drastically since the introduction of the internet, social media, and Youtube on our once British-proper spoken society. There has been a lot of debate about whether the internet has changed the English language for better, for worse, or for…both? Consider what how much more difficult it would be to get your point across without the popular and easy acronyms “WTF” and “OMG.”
You might be wondering: What on earth does this concept have to do with the evolution of my own writing throughout the last three years? Well, in the height of the internet-language era, I have progressed in my writing and even developed my own style of writing. Would this style be the same without the constantly-changing language of the internet? Most likely not.
For my Writer’s evolution Paper, I would like to look at the changes within my own writing throughout the past few years and how these changes connect, if at all, to the changes in internet language. For example, my ability to write-freely on blogs has helped my writing style to become more casual and relatable. I am not sure of exactly how I will make all of these connections into one essay, but I will try!
Here is a piece I found about how the hashtag has singlehandedly “ruined the English language.” I can definitely find a lot more sources where that one came from…