Ladies and Gentlemen,
I give you the 2007 Merriam-Webster word of the year: w00t!
I know what you might be thinking, "Dan, that is not a new word. I heard all of the time during the 80's at sporting events." That might be true but that word was spelled with two "o's" and not two "0's". Numbers have taken the place of letters. Though the pronunciations is the same and mean the same, they are different words.
I found irony in the fact that words use to be visual symbols on paper of how a word is spoken in some form or another. Culture, up to the advent of the printing press, was an audio culture so words written down had to look like the audio form. I'm sure many of you as you read this hear my voice reading this to you(if you know me or your own voice if you do not know me. However with the computer age, language is now more visual. Symbol can be used that can express idea or words. For example, IDK my BFF Jill. LOL :) We are communicating with symbols rather than actual audio words. Book reading is on the decline in the younger generation. I think that is going to continue evolve into a symbol based economy.
Why should you care? I don't know per se but it is indicative of a changing culture. The church needs to adapt and leverage this change. Asking students of today that love communicating through image to read might be a sudden leap into scripture. There is a new tool out there called YouVersion that tries to merge the two. Check it out.