In this semester’s commonplacing activities for Advanced Composition, I was given the opportunity to collect discourses and arguments surrounding the debate of texting’s effects on grammar. Through the activity of commonplacing, I gained a better understanding of the argument, a more developed thesis statement, and a copious amount of credible sources to use both in my weekly exercises and in my final paper.
To begin, at the beginning of the semester, before I began my research, I was dubious that this popular form of technological communication really effected grammar. Then, after finding my first couple of sources, my position began to lean towards the idea that textisms really did negatively affect grammar. However, with more research, I came to the conclusion that will be argued in my final research paper: Because the results of studies done of textisms effects on grammar are inconclusive, and because textisms are an engrained part on the coming generation’s culture, textisms should be redirected for use in positive ways instead of being essentially boycotted by educators.
Secondly, this proactive solution to the debate comes from the fact that as well as the fact that redirecting the uses of texting would be much easier than trying to completely get rid of them, textisms have potential as a way to develop understand of English as literature. Through this commonplace blog, I was able to delve deeply enough into my research to come to this carefully formed solution. Without the effort I have put into this blog, my paper probably would have argued that textisms degrade the English language, and it would not include any strong individual input as my current thesis does.
Lastly, this blog has prompted me to collect over twenty arguments to use in my paper. On top of allowing me to examine all sides of the argument, these sources have allowed me to see different ways arguments can be formed for this topic. One example would be the image where a young hand is writing first textisms and then their standard English counterparts. This images demonstrates the argument that teens have the ability to understand and communicate in standard English even though they use textisms superfluously– all without a written discourse. These varying arguments were perfect to draw from for my progymnasmata (rhetorical writing) exercises also. These exercises differ greatly, from a fable to a characterization, outline, and a defense of a law. Having sources flexible enough to serve all of these purposes made drafting my final paper much easier than it would have been otherwise; I already had an idea of what arguments to use and where before I even began writing my outline.
By giving me a better understand of the debate on texting, a more developed thesis statement, and a copious amount of credible sources to draw on for my final paper, this commonplace blog has facilitated my process of invention and of drafting my argument. Having all of my data in one place made researching much easier and centralized; therefore, the commonplace blog allowed me to see my argument as a whole instead of as separated parts. This understanding allowed me to draft a much stronger argument for my final paper.