Of course I anticipated lots of debate over my Wired piece on spelling. And it’s fun to read the differing views. I enjoy hearing comments and debating issues.
It is, I admit, less fun–though also expected–to have my ideas oversimplified. I do not argue we should “jettison spelling” or that we should spell “any word any way we want.”
What do I argue, then? If you want a thesis statement, I’ll pull out this one from the article: “We need a new set of tools that recognize more variations instead of rigidly enforcing outdated dogma.”
And example: if, after textisms take hold (and I argue they will, more and more), and a critical mass of people start using them and a larger group gets used to reading them, then writing “l8r” instead of later will not impede clarity or impede communication. Thus, we should be flexible about accepting this variation rather than decry laziness, stupidly, etc.