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Is it truly so surprising and remarkable that the current generation of teenagers, finally given genuine purposes to write for genuine audiences of peers in something close to real time (but without our direct involvement or interference), are seeding what is possibly the greatest (r)evolution ever known in the written forms of our languages?
It oughtn't be (surprising), really.
The real question, perhaps, is how long we will continue to insist that they scratch away at five paragraph essays, the same way we had to, for no other audience besides a teacher, in styles the vast majority of us never saw come to practical fruition in our daily lives.
It has never been a more interesting and challenging time to be a teacher of literacy than now.