“I used to be a stickler for correct English, and still am to some degree. My old school sensibilities are being worn away, however, by this internet thingy.
“Initial shock horror feelings at how on earth can these illiterates put their ill-constructed work up for millions to read has been replaced with a more laissez-faire attitude.
“Of course, the writing still has to be legible, but does it really matter if it’s textbook or not? I’d say no. We’re in the business of communication and if that means getting through to a generation raised on text speak, then you use whatever means.
“For someone who lives by the ideals of Sniffin’ Glue, where everyone can do anything they like (and check out the language used in those early punk DIY mags), I’ve been very slow to accept that it’s the message that counts.
Thoughts from John McDonough, freelance writer and journalist.