This is a response I made to someone else's blog (RobbieLaney's On My Mind) concerning the use of shortcuts and abbreviations while texting. I thought I would include it here so all my followers could see it.
The texting “language” is merely part of the inevitable regression of society caused by the speeding up and dumbing down of communication. Although texting shortcuts make e-talk much faster (and maybe more exclusive as some of us have no idea how to translate it!), it perpetuates the myth that speed is better than quality. A more sinister example of speed at the expense of quality are the TV news shows you see today. Why were the evening news hosts Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite so much more respected newsmen then any of the talking heads on today’s news shows? They (and/or their editors and producers) had all day to sift through the junk and find the valuable nuggets, and then create a presentation that would explain the story. We were not forced to hear and see all the trivial sludge that is thrown up on the screen today in order to insure that each network is “first” with the story, and to enable them to have something to wrap around their 24-hours of advertisements.