CMN105InternetThem - Wednesday Language and the Internet...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Language and the Internet Lecture By David Crystal Communicating over the Internet is not the same as communicating all the ways we were communicating before 1960 when the Internet was created. Over the years, a new form, mode, style of communicating is unfolding. “Will the English-dominated Internet spell the end of other tongues?” (distinguishing in other languages, 65% English) “Quite e-vil: the mobile phone whisperers.” (a change in social standards) “A major risk for humanity.” (French potentially concern because wants to protect their language) Perceived advantages : -immense technological advancement -communicative power -social potential Perceived dangers : -Pornography (has spread) -Hate sites -Terrorist sites. -Intellectual property rights -Privacy -Security -Libel *Greatest fear is the decline in language (people are very concern with this) Do the relaxed standards of emails signal the end of literacy and spelling as we know it? Will the Internet herald a new era of technobabble? Will linguistic creativity and flexibility be lost as globalizations imposes sameness? The fear that the Internet has created regarding the decline of human language, as the academics, the elite classes cherish. There’s a morphing that is alarming to a class, sub-culture of America. Not really a global community. We are still hanging out in circles of similarity. We can easily cross the boundary just by googling into a new area—you are in. But basically, we have all have our “favorite sites” and that is the culture. It’s not
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really global at all from a day to day basis. The potential of globalality is there, and many do respond to the call, but only those predisposed that way to begin with. If you’re a redneck in your life, you’re a redneck on the web. If you’re a conspiracy theorist in real life, you ‘re a…. What kind of communication is Internet communication? (He analyzes the following methods of use Language of the web Email Chat rooms Virtual worlds Instant messaging Blogging Bill Gates recommendation: “Write as you talk.” Speech is… Writing is… Time bound- happening in the mediate sense Space bound- located in space, shows up somewhere Spontaneous- we don’t plan out what we are going to say, it just emerges out of experience Contrived- designing, creating with
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