Every teenager has a story

June 1st, 2006 by Larry Smith

I was drawn to a USA Today article on teens and tech for the three good reasons. 1) The topic (tech changes the way we tell stories). 2) The Smith in the first paragraph (”Alexandra Smith would pound out more than 1,000 text messages from her Razr cellphone a month: She was chatting—constantly, exhaustively—but she wasn’t talking. It got so that Smith’s parents were begging her to put the phone to her lips instead of her fingertips”). 3) A smart squib by Amy Goldwasser, a friend of SMITH, and editor of a forthcoming collection of personal essays by teenage girls. Says Ms. Goldwasser:

“If you’re a teenager today, you live your life in words,” tapped out into text and instant messages and onto blogs and MySpace pages. There’s “no more precious divide between how they live their lives and writing as a formal, school-assignment kind of thing.”

Read the piece here.