Slashdot: It's Deep. Then Again, Maybe Not. It's Pretty Hard to Tell Here.
And why do we feel the US is more trusted with this than anybody else?
Because if we wanted to nuke the hell outta someone, we wouldn't need Russian uranium to do it.
Apparently the irony is lost on Americans.
I think you're confusing irony with tragedy.
I understand the difficulty of typing on a mobile phone. But you need to make no apology for that. Notice that I also make fun of myself. You stress that we oughtn't to take the less important things too seriously. I, that we oughtn't to take ourselves too seriously when it comes to unimportant things. Perhaps that might amount to the same thing.
As for your students, I would say this: remember that they are young. If they seem to have a need to show off, to flaunt what little knowledge they have, it is because they take themselves too seriously. If they take themselves too seriously, it is because they are insecure. This is a weakness of youth, though some never grow out of it. They are afraid to admit their own failings; they do not laugh at themselves. If you would have them leave such behind, two things must be done. First, without denigrating the lesser, they must be taught the greater skills. This will give them something worthwhile to focus on and to have confidence in. Second, they must be taught not to take themselves so seriously. This is chiefly accomplished through modeling. Once they see in their elders the kind of confidence built on real knowledge and a willingness to learn rather than self-importance, they'll then have a goal to work toward. Just a thought.
I try to communicate clearly, but I'm sure a review would show that I do not proofread as I would for a published text.
FTFM. What an illiterate ass. Doesn't even bother to proofread.
It's all context.
Agreed. So, for example, Slashdot posts are really not that important in the grand scheme of things. I try to communicate clearly, but I'm sure a review would show that I do not proofread as I would for a published texts. Though the posts are recorded, the discussion is almost as ephemeral as real conversation and should be approached accordingly. But suppose you're going to write a Slashdot post where you dismiss the value of English courses (or at least a key exercise used to demonstrate you've learned something in an English course). In that context, the irony of obvious solecisms would be a bit too much.
And there was no boring memorization/regurgitation/essay BS like history, English, or a ton of other subjectively marked courses where the prof's favorites got the best marks.
That's minus two points. I could mark off a few more for poor style, but you seem like a nice kid so I'll let it slide.
1) Yes. I wanted to share my improved tin foil hat design but fear that it might be compromised if it goes public.
2) No. I have nothing to hide and I'm quite certain that the shadowy government agencies spying on me are sufficiently restrained by secret and democratically unaccountable courts. They all have my best interests in mind.
3) I choose to self-censor this response.
I propose the following be applied to posts predicting racist posts:
Incidentally, this was a new one for me: "Whoever thunk it stunk it."