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I Know How to Write Papers. Does Any of That Stuff Apply Online?

Oh, my God! Are all my English and composition classes now worthless?

Yup. Prepare to un-learn everything you know about writing. Not! LOL!

Contrary to doomsayers and web-critical pundits, most people who read things online still appreciate good writing and editing. Although we often hear scary predictions about the dumbing down of our culture by texting and “internet speak,” there will always be a demand for skilled writers who clearly communicate their thoughts. Beyond that, even if you’re just sending short text messages, the rhetorical concepts you learned in college will help you craft better messages, communicate more effectively, and be more persuasive. Finally, people will take you more seriously, even on public message boards, if you write with good syntax, present clear ideas, and take care to acknowledge your sources of information.

Let’s take a look at how writing for the Web compares to writing for print.