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    1) Consider a fragment of text in which no capital letters are used to start new sentences. The author probably thinks that dots at the ends of sentences are sufficient indicators of new sentences. Strictly speaking the author is correct. But my mind is not a computer; it works better when expected redundancies are used. Some forms of written communication are more effective than others.

    2) Here is a reply to a recently seen email message. “honestly u right, but there is some wrong in ur statement, Have u ever study Islam, or Do u know Quran before making this statement, Please answer in Yes or No ...” I know how to turn this into a traditional text. But messages of that kind are not always clear. And they are unpleasant to read.

    3) Another disturbing thing is that authors often assume that readers are familiar with acronyms. What is wrong with the custom of defining an acronym the first time it appears?

    4) Public Internet discussion fora, like this one, often force us to learn by trial-and-error, rather than by reading well-written tutorials. Learning about what a user can do, and about how to do it, from randomly arranged answers to FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), or from answers generated when the HELP button is pressed, is not as efficient as learning from pedagogically-written manuals.

    5) And how can I forget the frustration generated by instruction sheets for some gadgets. Here is one illustration: instructions for setting up the time, calendar, and alarm, on a watch I received recently, violate all rules of clear communication.

    6) How can this phenomenon--widespread violation of traditional rules of clear communication--be explained? What can be done to stop the disease?


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    is it a disease ? i'm in the habit of typing of typing in lower case in most instances when it comes to forums, emails, social websites - if that makes me diseased, so be it, it also happens to be my trademark


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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    is it a disease ? i'm in the habit of typing of typing in lower case in most instances when it comes to forums, emails, social websites - if that makes me diseased, so be it, it also happens to be my trademark
    It would be more mental if you would only use upper case in forums,emails and social websites.
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    OR IT MEANS YOU'VE LEFT YOUR CAPS LOCK ON
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    - You've named this topic "A dangerous communication disease" and you mention six diseases. Is this another (less dangerous?!) communication disease? 8)
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    Quote Originally Posted by T.T.T
    - You've named this topic "A dangerous communication disease" and you mention six diseases. Is this another (less dangerous?!) communication disease? 8)
    It took hundreds of years to develop effective methods of written communication. The process of destroying them is a disease, in my opinion.
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    i'm starting to feel the beginnings of a pedantophobia panic attack
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    In this case I am in agreement with kowalskil. However I find it ironic that he doesn't capitalize his moniker.
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    I am not prepared to launch any crusades over the destruction of the English language in it's written form, but I am most assuredly horrified by such. I find it akin to the fact that individuals have paid money for and chosen to listen to any "System of a Down" album in existence, or that such is played on the radio. The apparent end of civilization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kowalskil

    It took hundreds of years to develop effective methods of written communication. The process of destroying them is a disease, in my opinion.
    How do you think 19th century people would take our modern English? Would it be as much a disease for them, as the communication disease is a disease for you?

    Why have we developed effective written communication methods at all? Along with the development of the society comes the need of developing communication, technology, services, etc. Now the era of Internet and wireless communication stimulates new developments of both written and spoken language. Some good, some bad. Don't you think, in the future, we will develop an acronym system? Everything is written in acronyms? A sentence takes 20 sec to complete?

    (Alright, the second part of this is not very serious.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunce
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    Is it bad that I immediately understood this without effort. Didn't even slow down in reading pace.
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