Too long? Read anyway.

L.M. Orchard, Ed Tech Talk, Feb 26, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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L.M. Orchard takes an entire (long, delicious) article to get to his point: "Written language is essential to life as a modern day human being. Don’t expect others to pick up your slack in this area. Improve your reading, improve your writing, improve yourself." Seriously, the TL;DR culture is, as he says, dysfunctional. "Language is the ultimate technology," he writes. "In fact, I’ll go so far as to say: It’s not okay to fail at written language as a modern, technologically-empowered human being." Language is code, language is communication, language is expression, language is foresight. If you don't read the whole thing, whatever it is, you're less well informed and will pay the consequences.

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