In an era of abbreviated communications, headline news, and short attention spans, is the notion of correct grammar becoming a thing of the past? Or, rather, do we still place great emphasis on proper sentence structure when presented with new ideas?
Surely, some basic concepts are necessary to be exchanged appropriately for purposes of social cohesion and prosperity. Other thoughts, nonetheless, can be shared in ways that do not even require language, let alone something as ceremonial as proper sentence structure (e.g. painting, sculpture, ballet, melody, etc…).
Millennials, like me, live in a diverse, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual planet where “good” ideas should be given every opportunity to thrive through proper communication techniques. Regardless, does it truly matter if, for instance, we elect to define indefinite pronouns as "singular" when the majority of society embraces them as “notionally plural?"
The common answer to effective writing appears to be to “know your audience.” But I say it’s time we start demanding more of ourselves as audience members.
Why, for example, are we less critical of a seemingly “sloppy” painting upon learning it was painted by an elephant, rather than a highly paid professor of fine art? Alternatively, would the Beatles music (given their popularity) be better if their lyrics underwent a series of editorial corrections by the professional writing community? Why are we more tolerant of grammatical error in such a scenario, and why be sympathetic towards certain forms of expression at the expense of others?
Perhaps we, as audience members, should not necessarily make more of an effort to “know the author,” but rather be less judgmental of them.
In short, no idea should be given less credibility merely because it was not presented in a light most appropriate or favorable to its adult audience. We, as adult audience members, should be more approachable and more receptive towards the underlying message, rather than the manner in which it was bestowed upon us.
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