You do think grammar and spelling are important? Do you believe your words define you and frame your intelligence? If you agree, how then do you explain the steep decline in definition and brightness in written exchanges via electronic communication?
Is self-publication on the internet a subset of what is happening on a wider and deeper field of personal communication and professional expression? I’m not talking about typos — everyone makes those — I’m talking about the purposeful, unwitting and continued use of bad grammar and repeated poor spelling when you visit a website or a blog or hold a chat or receive email and you, as the reader, have to struggle — not to interpret the grander meaning of the writing — but you must first try to comprehend what the person is trying to tell you.
Why does the writer force you to sift through a bird’s nest tangle of dangling metaphors, disjointed word order, improper agreement and even uneven interjection injections? The larger question is why do those people choose to communicate in what is not really even English?
There are a lot of “writers” on the web that are proud of their lack of basic writing skills because they call rapt attention to their keyboard vomit by telling us upfront they cannot spell, they do not care about grammar and they will happily use the wrong words to convey what then becomes incorrect meaning and a skewed context. So why do those self-confessed poor writers “write” when they care not about improving or even being basically understood?
The thing I find most interesting about the illegible blogs I stumble upon throughout my day is that a few of them have comments! How, I wonder, do those sites get comments when the post makes no sense? Then I read the comments. Then I see the comments are just as incomprehensible as the article so those article authors are not reaching anyone beyond the small illiterate circle in which they spin.
Do you spell check what you write before you send it or post it online? Do you practice any kind of basic grammar rules? What do you do when you are required to interact in writing with an illiterate with a keyboard? After wiping off their vomit, do you maintain your practice of spelling and grammar or do you modify your expression downward to match the level of the illiterate?