Technology has been increasing within the
years, making it easier for most individuals and is so well established in today’s society that to the younger generations,
texting and having conversations without verbally speaking is the norm. Most
people argue that now days most teens or the younger generation are developing
different ways to communicate with each other. Using words like “LOL” and
“hashtag” are so common in their life’s. Not only those acronyms are used in
texting but also in everyday speech. Furthermore, some people think that this
new way of communicating can be a type of decline in humanity’s literacy, but
it may not actually be what they suspect. John McWhorter in his TED talk
“Txting is Killing Language. JK!!!” opens up
with “texting is a miraculous thing”, pointing out that texting is not about
writing but more about communicating in a convenient manner. After analyzing
his TED talk, I realized that McWhorter is actually not against texting. He argues that
texting is not destroying written language, but rather it is a new form of
communication that has led to the creation of a new subset of language. Some of
the points that I observed while analyzing his speech was his point of view.

McWhorter states that texting is not killing language, because it is a new
language itself. Another observation that I made, was that he is trying to convince his audience that texting
does not represent a decline in language, but more of an evolution or growth. He is
also making some assumptions, for instance, he mentions how a lot of people
feel like texting is ruining grammar, language, and English. He then uses humor
and interesting facts to persuade the viewers and listeners. Lastly, he
believes that texting is still in its early stages of existence and will
continue to develop in the future.

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