That Way We’re All Writing Now — The Message — Medium
For the first fifteen years of the mainstream Internet, the main way #language changed was at the level of the individual #word. We invented a lot of ‘textisms’ — short forms like ‘ur’ for “you’re”, LOL-style #acronyms, or alphanumeric l33tspe@k. And of course, a lot of words got invented, like “ #selfie ”.
What’s happening now is different. Now we’re messing around with #syntax — the structure of sentences, the order in which the various parts go and how they relate to one another. This stuff people are doing with the subordinate clause, it’s pretty sophisticated, and oddly deep. We’re not just inventing catchy new words. We’re mucking around with what makes a sentence a sentence.