posted on May, 15 2011 @ 04:21 PM
I think information overload could be part of it. Our internet culture feeds us (largely useless) information at an incredible rate, and perhaps
things drop off the other end when the brain takes in too much. Another possibility is the public nature of internet blogs, comment sections, etc.
Seeing wrong spellings all the time must have a price, not mention shortcuts like the ones people take in texting.
The big question I have is what are all these poisons in the water, food and air doing to us? I'm a child of the fifties and sixties, and I could
swear people were a lot more discerning and roundly knowledgable back then. I like to think we never would have let things get as bad as they are
now. But perhaps my memories are messed up. After all, I must be a victim of the poisons, too, so how much can I count on my own discernment? I
have definitely stumbled on some profoundly wrong memories over the years, ones that I was absolutely sure were right. There are some interesting
books and theories on the nature of memory out there these days. They say every time you remember something the new memory replaces the old one, so
the memory gradually "evolves" over time.
The English language itself is definitely a slippery beast, too, being such a hybrid. "Weird" is a good example - one that throws me every time is
trying to keep straight lose, loss, and loose, and how each is pronounced. Once I see all three written out I'm OK, and I can remember the usage of
each, but I have to spell out all of them every time to make sure I'm using the right one!