‘Literary’ texts no more?

From CNN:

“Romeo, Romeo — wher4 Rt thou Romeo?”

It could be the future of Shakespeare.

Dot mobile, a British mobile phone service aimed at students, says it plans to condense classic works of literature into SMS text messages. The company claims the service will be a valuable resource for studying for exams.

Academic purists will be horrified. Hamlet’s famous query, “To be or not to be, that is the question,” becomes “2b? Nt2b? ???”

Comments 1

  • Not that I think this is a good idea, after all what would the mona lisa be if it were reduced to a line drawing. But isnt sms lingo just another form of notation? Like short hand or logic notation?

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