Texting…the bane of our existence?

A business man typing on cell phone

I had the privilege of growing up with parents who expected us to speak properly. They knew–even though neither finished college–that command of the language would be the key to our success. And they were right: all six of us have done well and we have Steve and Glenna to thank for it.

Yesterday, I got a WordPress ‘recommendation’ from another blogger who wrote an incredible essay on texting, asking the provocative question, “Is Texting Ruining our Language?” Well…let’s start with the observation that the word ‘texting’ didn’t even exist 10 years ago. We can thank smartphones, Twitter and other short-form messaging apps for that! But back to the essay, Kate Wiles wrote an awesome piece about it, which you can read here. It’s a bit long, but well worth the read.

Enjoy! At the end, you, too, may well be SMH!

Profit ain’t everything, Mr. Jobs!

The insatiable demand for iPads rears its ugly head in China. Geeez…I wonder what the net cost of the product is, considering its retail price ($499 per unit, and up)?? A May 22 article on the blog “Mashable” brings up an interesting question: Would you be willing to pay a hundred bucks more (or so) if you knew the workers weren’t driven to such lengths that they commit suicide? No? Didn’t think so.

According to the article, Apple’s inspection team visited and “fully” inspected the buildings, production lines and “especially the workers’ dormitories.” Afterwards, Apple deemed the plant “approved” for manufacturing iPads. DISCLAIMER: I don’t begrudge Steve Jobs and all of Apple for making a profit, but at $335 a share (Friday’s close), You’d think they’d pay more attention to the manner in which their equipment is made.

Conscience matters.