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Jennifer Lee’s article titled I Think, Therefore IM describes the effects of “Internet English” “jumping from the realm of teenage online socialization of chat rooms and email into school work” (Lee 160). Lee begins by giving the reader examples of new “short hands” used in today’s everyday writings ,such as single letters u, r and c, or signs such as the “@” symbol, to replace their “Webster” oriented full spellings, and how “some teachers see the creeping abbreviations as part of a continuing assault of technology on formal written English.” Lee then describes tactics such as “deduction of points, red ink, and class scolding,” used by these teachers to counter the up rise in the abandonment of “proper English writing (Lee 160). She proceeds by informing the reader on how much the instant messaging (IM) “fad” has affected the online population by stating, from Nielsen/NetRating, that “almost 60 percent of the online populations under the age of 17 use IM. Lee then continues by voicing the view of those teachers that feel IM “is just part of the larger arc of language evolution” (Lee 161). In Lee’s conclusion, the continuation of IM in every day writing will inevitably spawn reform in how the average persons communicates with one another and force those opposed to IMs to conform to the up rise in short hand. In another article, For Some, the Blogging Never Stops by Katie Hafner and Tim Gnatek, the effects of online “socialization”, specifically blogging, are viewed in its relation to the lives of those who participate in the act (Hafner and Gnatek 176). Hafner and Gnatek describe Blogging as “a pastime for many, a livelihood for some and for many others an obsession.” The two authors’ reference instances such as Ms. Matthews finding her husband seated with his lap balanced on his knees in the…...

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