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The Internet: The World’s New Journal

738 words - 3 pages

The amount of young people frequently e-mailing, instant messaging, blogging, and posting to forums is innumerable. The internet has become a giant journal for every type of audience. Some believe that the internet is even improving writing skills. It is true that the web is developing the writing style of juveniles daily. Writing online has an especially positive impact on a person’s creativity and enables them to fully explore their potential.
The internet is part of daily life. Children are beginning to use the web at much younger ages. Why? They aspire to be part of something socially current. Every child is not a reader who becomes immediately fascinated with books written decades ago. It is becoming more evident that kids want to be connected to the world they are presently living in. The internet is a twenty-first century tool for reading. Some young people feel like they can relate more to virtual works than they can to books, because cyberspace is a comfortable safe haven. Engaging in online forums provides a door to explore their own writing style in a way that a formal literature class may not. Eudora Welty, who did grow up with a fascination with formal literature, writes, “I have supposed, but never found out, that this is the case with all readers—to read as listeners—and with all writers, to write as listeners”(Welty 442). The author acknowledges that with all types of readers, the process of actually listening to the work is similar. It simply depends on the connection to the work. There is not just one type of reader or listener.
Moreover, one’s availability to rapidly send a post to Twitter or Facebook allows their most pure thoughts to come forward and without the tedious task of a traditional outline or brainstorm. Younger people posting to social media is very similar to Joan Didion’s obsession of keeping a notebook. Didion writes, “The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself”(Didion 80). Although these instantaneous messages to the world may be useless for information, they allow one’s mind to explore it’s deepest crevices, inspiring creativity to flow...

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