That’s what you get when you combine John McWhorter’s fine mini-lecture on texting-talk as an “emergent complexity” of human linguistic evolution, or more helpfully, as “fingered speech,” with Matt Labash’s deliciously long TWS essay on why twitter, and the performative non-deliberative sort of declamation/addiction it represents, will destroy civilization, and produce Twidiocracy .

I, who remain a foreigner to both phenomena, highly recommend both pieces. Perhaps those of you further along in the process of human evolution can explain why they might both be right.

(H/T Booker Rising for the McWhorter)

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