If a misspelled phrase or picture of a happy dog can convey a precise emotion better than a set of words, is that not more precisely accomplishing the goal of language to convey one’s thoughts most exactly? Internet and text speak (…) is an inevitable change of language which may allow us to better express ourselves beyond what the previous confines of grammar and language ever allowed us to do.

The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves… You give your disciples not truth but only the semblance of truth; they will be heroes of many things, and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing.

Plato, from Phaedrus, predicting that written language would make us all dumber. A fun quote to reference next time you encounter someone arguing the same about the internet.

Assume for a moment that some of these measures really have helped make our persons and property safer—are they worth it? Where and when was the public debate on whether they’re worth it? Was there no such debate because we’re not capable of having or demanding one? Why not? Have we actually become so selfish and scared that we don’t even want to consider whether some things trump safety? What kind of future does that augur?

The future according to Mr Google

The future according to Mr Google

Public Universities to Offer Free Online Classes for Credit

Public Universities to Offer Free Online Classes for Credit