In another English class I am enrolled in we discussed whether Non-Standard English is acceptable to use in online conversations. While listening to the discussion in class, I found myself in the middle on whether or not nonstandard English was acceptable. When I read some of my emails sent out by my professors many of them are not written in Standard English. Some people in my class said that the professor writing in Nonstandard made the email and notification seem more personable. On the other hand, some people said they preferred their professors to write in Standard English in their emails because it was more professional. They also said that it made the professor seem slightly hypocritical because they expected their students to write in Standard English so shouldn't the professor also?
After our class discussed emails it then shifted to Facebook. In our ENG 213 class, we discussed way back how what we write on Facebook could be considered our "literature" in the distant future. As we discussed in the beginning of the semester stories that had no moral lesson or wasn't teaching you anything was not considered "real" literature, and we discussed how what we write on our Facebooks could be considered "literature" someday. So if this is possible, would we want our generation to be known for talking improperly?
Also, what we post online is there forever and future employers do look up applicants Facebooks. So if on Facebook I am speaking in a manner that is less intelligent it could potentially be detrimental to myself. But in all reality, I cannot say everything I post online is written in proper English.
In the end our class remained divided on whether or not Nonstandard English was acceptable, and neither sides arguement won me over.