Grammar and all that comes with it, is a vital facet of society that allows for us as humans to communicate correctly, but along with the positives grammar brings: there is always a negative reaction to every positive.
Firstly, in terms of communications and journalism, I believe that grammar allows one to carry themselves more professionally. By definition, grammar is the way in which words are put together to form proper sentences, and through this men and women who have degrees in forming proper sentences should process the way they write in a way that uses systematic grammar. But on the whole entire other end, I believe that that it is our true nature to occasionally do away with grammar due to certain circumstances. For example, in order for someone to feel authentic, going off script and stating something that doesn’t seem grammatically correct on air, in an article, or something like social media for example can allow an audience to relate to the professional, but unfortunately, due to the person being a “professional”, communicators and journalists should understand that grammar comes first and creativity comes second.
Secondly, with the prominence of social media, grammar has become less of a factor as online culture has allowed for us to write in fewer and fewer words. Twitter has limited professionals and amateurs alike to 140 characters each, in which has cause for many alterations in grammar to take place. For example, “text” speak that was prominent before the age of smartphones, has returned as people in the news industry have resorted to using shortcuts in order to report breaking news as a “break-neck” pace. Abbreviations like ICYMI (In case you missed it) and shortcuts like “w/” or “w/o” have flooded Twitter as users try to cut down their character count.
Though, we see that grammar is an important aspect of communication, we can see that through online culture, society has been able to surpass expectations and adapt to the way social media has forced us to speak. I believe that grammar still has it’s place in professionalism, but it has become more selective as time has gone on.