Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How the Internet Changed Writing in the 2000s

With all the talk about 2010 being the "Year of the Tablet", the most fascinating aspect of a potential iPhone-like change to the reading culture comes down to how writing may continue to evolve.

If you haven't seen some of the demos from publishers, here are a couple. The first from Sports Illustrated and Time.

The second from CourseSmart with a vision of textbooks.

Here is an excerpt from a post about how the internet has already changed writing. I personally think that by the time our eighth graders graduate, the traditional writing form will be dominated by hyperlinks, photo slide shows and video snippets.

"In a famous passage from Ulysses, James Joyce recapitulates the development of the English language in 45 pages — from the archaic and formal (“Deshil Holles Eamus”) to the conversationally casual (“Pflaap! Pflaap! Blaze on”). Over the past decade, as more people have spent more time writing on the Internet, that same evolution has not only continued, it feels like it’s accelerated."

Click here to read the rest of the article.

This is a very hot topic lately, what are your thoughts?


  1. This is very exciting technology.
    With the kindles, iphones and other electronic devices so connected to our lives we will certainly see changes in how we all read, and then write.
    The possibilities are so vast for educational applications in, and out, of the classroom.

  2. This obviously has enormous implications for curriculum and instruction. We all need to be preparing ourselves for some paradigm shifting. Think abacus to TI-nspire!

    The trick, in my opinion, is for us and our students is to learn to winnow out the meaningful information from all the "noise" to which we are also subjected. Higher level thinking skills anyone?

    What an exciting time to be in the field of education!