By Alyssa Gauss
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I think there are probably some people out there that believe that spell-check and grammar-check are a writer’s best friend. And, for some intents and purposes, I would have to agree with them. There are just some things that the human eye cannot pick up on. Just as with many other innovations, however, there just might be a point where this technology has gone too far… and we might have reached it.
This technology has gone from being a helpful back-up for the watchful eye of an editor to being the primary editing tool of many writers. It is true that this tool is getting extraordinarily competent, but, just as the naked eye can miss mistakes that spell-check catches, the spell-check cannot always comprehend mistakes that the human brain can, no matter how advanced it gets. It’s getting to the point of being a recipe for lazy writers.
There’s also the problem with encroachment on a writer’s creativity. According to “The Editing and Rewriting Process” on grammar.ccc.commnet.edu, word processors are becoming increasingly more able to detect improper grammar and sentence structures, including, but not limited to, run-ons and tense issues. Again, for the most part, this advancement is helpful and perhaps even necessary. But in a lot of cases, the sentences being corrected are not run-ons, but merely long sentences. The major concern here is that this feature is promoting the cookie cutter sentence structure, but one size really doesn’t fit all in the world of journalism and writing, in general.