In “Will We Stop Speaking and Just Text”, Harbeck argues that the way we text has become a language on its own front and that this new language is beginning to take over modern speech.
Harbeck gives a few examples of this, such as “zomg wtfffffff im going 2 pwn you!!!!1111 lololol”, which is a phrase made of common modern texting semantics. He makes it clear that this is something that has risen as a way to illustrate emotion in an arena where you can’t see emotion; “zomg”, for example, is meant to convey an urgent “omg” by including a z, which is right next to the shift key, taking it one step further than “OMG”; “wtfffffff” is meant to impart emphasis on its visual delivery, and so on. Beyond this, Harbeck introduces the idea of emoticons and emojis, which are meant to continue to provide emotional context. He also goes on to discuss whether or not new generations will start to speak like this, or write professionally like this, to which he explains that it is unlikely for such an informal way of texting to become apparent in professional settings. This is due to the fact that children still learn to speak and write the way adults today do, so they will know to always go back to that style when in a formal setting.
Harbeck talks about some interesting points that seem to affect everyone, which makes his perspective easy to understand. As a recent teenager and avid texter, I agree that texting takes a form that strays further and further from the English I learned in class, however, I also know that anything I read outside from texting is still traditional English and I don’t see that changing any time soon. The reason I think this is because in order to get a job at most prestigious companies you must be able to deliver yourself as a professional person, so there is still a lot of value in communicating professionally.