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08 September 2012 @ 01:11 am
Blog 6: Law  
Blog Entry #6
Jeri Guevara

The Law in which Communication Requires Strict and High Language Skills

(or The Communication-Grammar Test Act of 2012)

It is no secret that the Philippines is a breeding ground for all kinds of laughable fads. From the Jeje lanGuag3xx (the so-called l33t speak of F1LiPin0ez) – or Jejemons of 2010 (up to the present really; it’s a pesky weed that just won't die) – to the #MyrvesIsLoveForeverKahitPusoyMasugatan trends on Twitter, there is practically no bounds to what the “in” teens are capable of creating over social networking sites and communication lines. Facebook, Twitter and cellular phones are a large percentage of the routine of every Filipino, who at the very least, can afford to rent a computer or buy a Cherry mobile phone

In 2010, according to comScore in an article from ABS-CBN, the Philippines was the most active nation on social media. Imagine that, 90% of our web population invaded Facebook. What a large number for a developing country. (Imagine how much more are cell phone users.)

Thus, we should regulate the amount of internet and cell phone users with a test to check if these hopeful individuals are intellectually stable to communicate well. Before a purchase of a communication line or a sign-up on the internet, a written or online examination should be conducted to see if these persons know the language of basic human decency.

It is not uncommon for netizens (internet citizens) to encounter Jeje people online. Whether people like it for the style or the hipster quality of typing lyk d1s, a “language” – with air-quotes for emphasis – such as Jeje should not be allowed to freely exist on the internet. It should be murdered and fed to the dogs (and this may be an insult to the dogs, so I apologize). While Jeje is an insult to the entire scope of language all over the world, the test need not be limited to it. Basic grammar is a must.

The internet and communication lines do not need people who do not know the difference between their and they’re, and you’re and your. It can also do without the people who use the thesaurus to swap simple words such as fun with exuberance and then use it in a whole different context. Just no.

Even though everyone has the right to freedom of expression, everyone else has the right to freedom from abuse. Wrong grammar, whether deliberate or not, is torture.

While yes, the Philippines has one of the highest literacy rates in the developing world according to the US Department of State, it does not necessarily equate to having good communication within the nation.

Because while everyone other Asian country is pushing forward to better their language skills, we’re moving backwards.

I blame bad afternoon reality TV and god-awful teleseryes.

Originally posted by jeriguevara at Blog 6: Law