November 18, 2005

An Ode to Shakespeare, sorta

The other day I posted on leekspeak.

Today I find the Brits are defiling Shakespeare's works.

Dot mobile, a British mobile phone service aimed at students, says it plans to condense classic works of literature into SMS text messages...

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

John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost" begins "devl kikd outa hevn coz jelus of jesus&strts war." ("The devil is kicked out of heaven because he is jealous of Jesus and starts a war.")

Kathy, honey, Jane Eyre is not immune, either:

Take for example the ending to Jane Eyre -- 'MadwyfSetsFyr2Haus.' (Mad wife sets fire to house.) Was ever a climax better compressed?

Horrors, I tell ya, the horrors...

Posted by Christina at November 18, 2005 11:46 AM | TrackBack

It's things like this that tell me western civilization as we know it is going to come to a screeching halt sooner rather than later.

Posted by: Kathy at November 19, 2005 07:36 AM