For some of you younger folks, Y2K refers to the great computer scare of 2000. Back in the days when memory on a computer was precious and sparse, everything that could be abbreviated got abbreviated. This included dates. Therefore, “1980” became simply “80.” The “scare” part came in when people realized that at midnight on January 1, 2000, the year on many bank accounts would become “00,” resetting all your gained interest to nothing. Oh, and rockets would launch and hit Russia, setting off the catastrophic end of the world.
When I think of limits placed on Twitter, and texting in general, I wonder if we are going back in that direction; deciding time is too precious and sparse. We shorten our messages and the words. Instead of “Blessed are the meek,” we get “blsd r the meek.” The problem we faced in 2000 is that two digits could not properly convey the true message. Now, almost eleven years later, we are cutting out potentially vital characters and whole syllables again. What kind of scare will this lead to in the next few decades? Perhaps the fix is to make our time a little less sparse.