We’re becoming more illiterate – but like, um, does anyone care?

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Malcolm Auld has written a disturbing piece about the decline of correct grammar, spelling and even proof reading that is happening in online content.

“About 82% of the population struggles to read and write competently. And every day online, we’re seeing more and more evidence of this, as well as of the zero care-factor about the accuracy and craftmanship of work.”

He goes on to point out a few different instances where a quick but thorough check of the content writer’s work could have easily corrected mistakes in online articles. Even the headlines are often full of easily found mistakes.

“Unfortunately, I fear I’m preaching to an empty church. The dumbing-down of communication and lack of pride in our work is so commonplace, people have given up trying. It’s a self-fulfilling cycle.”

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