This past week saw a great deal of controversy in my little town concerning several different law-related issues, and lots and lots of folks posted their thoughts about things on the local radio station's guestbook.
It's wonderful that we have the Internet to engage in dialogue on any number of issues. And it's also wonderful that so very many of us feel compelled to do just that - join the dialogue. However, is it too much to ask to have the authors of Internet postings proofread and spell check before they hit "submit"?
I know I'm a picky beast, but reading through multiple postings that are rife with misspellings, misuse of words, and/or poor grammar, always makes me take the authors much less seriously, and usually miffs me off a bit. We are, by and large, an educated society. I would venture a guess that the majority of us have actually even graduated from some level of formal education. So how about we put that education to use when we begin or join in a written dialogue?
I was reading the guestbook of my hometown's local newspaper today, and some poster kept going on and on about how the "government must have something to hid from us." The poster repeated that statement multiple times. I'm sorry, but if you can't even use correct wording, I'm just not going to take you seriously.
Things like "y'all" and "gonna" - slang, if you will - are fine. But when it comes to correct word usage, overall spelling, and grammar, well, I'm going to expect you to be on top of it all if you want me to read your online posting and take anything you write seriously. Or else I might think you are trying to "hid" something from me.
Now, little ones, get out there and join in the dialogue...but proofread and spell check before you click "submit" please.