For my speech class, we have to do an informative speech and present pros and cons for both sides. And I, being a complete GEEK, picked language and the alleged degradation of as my issue. It's easy to find negatives--right now, next to me is a book called Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care, and I have no fewer than two articles talking about how low verbal scores have been on standardized tests and the new essay portion of the SAT, but I can't seem to find anything explaining how more slang and netspeak can be positive for society, save for one article that was printed by the Associated Press.
So, anyone have any idea what sources I could use or go to? I've done everything I can think of, and I still can't find anything.