P.S. THIS IS A HORSE FORUM NOT LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS -> LAST TIME I CHECKED ANYWAYS :)
Haha.. while you may be correct that this isn't language arts class, it is how we communicate everyday, and if people can't understand what you are saying, or they use all their energy in deciphering what you are saying, then what is the english language? With the use of the computer being so prevalent today, writing becomes even more important, as opposed to the old days when word of mouth was the primary means of communication. English is the most used language in the world (although quickly being caught up to), so if we butcher it, then what? We just have another one of our own dialects and make more people learn that? The Brits will already tell you that we have ruined the english language by the way we have taught it for the past 300 or so years. I don't mind it so much texting (which I also do alot of) because it is a shorter, more informal setting, but on a public forum where you're trying to get your point across to people you have never met? Wasn't that the whole point of English class? So you don't make a fool of yourself when you are around people you don't know? First impressions are everything.
The majority of these people know how to write correctly, they just don't, and they don't see the need to justify themselves. They understand each other perfectly, so it is fulfilling the requirements of a language - communication. If someone communicates with you in this manner you can ask them not to, but I don't think many people would. Lots of sub-cultures have their own languages, even the horse one (in a much lesser extent). If we were to talk to people about lunging, impulsion, seat aids etc they wouldn't have a clue what we were talking about, and each group of horse people (stables etc) are probably going have developed their own terminology too that other horse people wouldn't totally understand. Subcultures across time would have had their own way of communicating. This is the way that some of the youth choose to communicate today, and while many (usually older) people don't like it, that doesn't really matter as they are not included in this group.
While this is a different way to look at it, and not a bad one, I admit, I must disagree with you. I disagree because I don't have a problem changing things for a reason, but when it is because of laziness or a lack of education, that, I have a problem with. And if you step back and look at the big picture, it's not just spelling and grammar where people are lazy. People expecting handouts from the government, or the government to provide them a job, but that's a topic for another day. :) And, I think you missed my point. Like I said, talking to your friends this way while texting is one thing, but when you are on a public forum, at least proofread. I'm not really even talking about text shorthand. It's mostly spelling/grammar errors. That is not creating a dialect. When you spell reining, raining, saying then, when you really meant than, etc etc. Everyone these days has GOOGLE at their fingertips, so not knowing is not an excuse. if you type in "raining horse" in google, guess what pops up... "Showing results for reining horse
. Search instead for raining horse
".. they do the work for you. lol.
And by the way, I'm not directing my fire at anyone, just straight up in the air mostly. Sorry if I make anyone mad. But, like I said, I think this goes wayyy beyond being lazy with the english language. There's a much bigger issue at hand.