RU OK with txt msgs? 

Medium's rudeness is in the eye of the sender.

Though it’s been widely popular for almost a decade, text messaging has remained a salient example of our era’s technology generation gap. Columnist John Rasmuson explored all the rude ways text messaging is used [“Text Me Not,” July 15, City Weekly] before concluding that it’s an “odd, narcissistic medium.”

Though online commenters Ginnt, Liz and billsiarny agreed with Rasmuson, others defended text messaging. Tranch sees a difference between courtesy and technology.

“Technology shouldn’t be blamed for a person’s rudeness,” Tranch wrote, adding that there is courteous and rude ways of doing it, just like talking on the phone.

“A text message is actually less intrusive than a phone call,” wrote refgirl, “since the recipient can respond when it is convenient.”

Kyle, a teacher, finds text messaging helpful to learning.

“I incorporate the use of texting to help engage my kids and allow more introverted students to speak their minds,” Kyle wrote. “It has generated some of the best in-class discussions I’ve had.”

Rant Control believes all the hubbub about text messaging is mostly a farce. There are just too many everyday messages that are infinitely appropriate sent via text to condemn them. There’s some irony, I suppose, that one of those messages is, “call me.”

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