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Language Myths

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Language Myths Whatever
Is the Internet destroying language? Myth: Only Adults Think Chatspeak is Ruining English Group Activity Baron Chapter 8 www.urbandictionary.com How do you feel about the overall message of this video? Do you agree or disagree with the points that the speaker made? A Presentation by Mary Collins Alexander, Amber Hamilton, Lindsay Mcbride & Janagale Moncrieffe Fabricating youth: New-Media discourse and the technologization of young people Thurlow 2007 Concluding thoughts... •How do we distinguish between language change and language decline?
•What created the “standard” for grammar rules?
•Is electronically mediated language destroying language? -Electronic media has been singled out: in articles examined by Thurlow between the years of between 2001-2005, most journalists would state that “our linguistic prospects are bleak” -Argument made that email, IM, text messages have created a whole new language apart from standard English
•But in reality, does written language used on the internet influence offline writing?
-online communication offers boundless opportunities for defining identities
•The Whatever theory
-There is a new attitude toward both speech and writing: “whateverism”
-This is described by the indifference to need consistency in linguistic usage
-This is a direct challenge to the fundamental principle of language as a rule governed behavior and is a natural reflection of changing educational policies, shifts in social agendas, a move in academia toward philosophical relativism, and a commitment to life on the clock (169). These two examples from twitter show how new language is being degraded, and how new media is for illiterates Works Cited
"7 Life Lessons From The Simpsons." JoeCrazycom Funny Articles and Funny Pictures. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2013.

"Social Media Is Destroying the English Language." YouTube. YouTube, 24 Nov. 2011. Web. 01 Apr. 2013. What happened to Written Language? Baron Ch. 9 How has new media damaged our writing skills? How have the uses and attributes of written culture stood up over time especially in light of new computer-driven technology? (Baron 188) Written Culture Speed writing Social Media hinders Performance
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090128092341.htm Written Myths Myth #1: Language in social media is the cause of life in the fast lane. Myth #2:Social Media is making our kids dumb! Myth #3: Written language will disappear or lose its value in society. Click Me:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/04/infographic-is-social-media-ruining-students/237973/ Copyright as an issue:

Wednesday, April 28 2010

"I think the lack of editing is preventing people from learning how to improve their writing. My colleague and chief creative officer Todd has divergent views on the impact of social media. Here are two recent blog posts."

“Twitter is good for copywriting”


“Twitter is bad for copywriting:

http://bit.ly/aPvw14 Cognitive: We spend 10 minutes on our first online interruption, then 10-15 more before returning to our intended task "Acquired Deficit Disorder" discussed as a condition of those who are so used to constant digital stimuli that they are bored without it" Since 1985 the people saying they have no one to discuss important issues with tripled! Are our relationships suffering? "Yet reflecting back on my own college days, the thought of communicating with our families more than once a week would have perplexed my circle of friends. Wasn't that the purpose of going off the college to learn and handle life on our own?" Is this really a "new" issue? "Teenagers were locking themselves in their rooms to keep family members out decades before IM and mobile phones" Baron Chapter 10: The People We Are Becoming... American middle class..."remains a lonely member of the crowd because he never comes really close to others or himself" (David Riesman) "There is something about the Web that brings out the ego monster in everybody" (Michael Kinsley) Personal Consequences:
We can't concentrate Social Consequences:
No effect? Many argue you have the same amount of friends if you are a heavy online user, but what about the quality of these friendships?
More shallow relationships
Since 1985, the number of people who feel they do not have a person to discuss important issues with has tripled!! Crispin Thurlow 2012 "What will always be missing from cyberspace is space where we meet people we did not necessarily plan to meet"- Rose Moss "Synthetic Personalization: a compensatory tendency to give the impression of treating each of the people handled en masse as individuals"- Fairclough Corporate Concern: interpersonal communicative genres are taken for economic use..."vehicles" for colonization Web 1.0 versus Web 2.0
reading --> writing
home page --> blog
lectures --> conversation
companies --> communities "Four Square"
"Check in at a location more than anyone else and become the mayor...you might get rewards from certain business for being a loyal customer"
Marketing Strategy of media becoming personal http://theskimm.com/2013/04/08/skimm-for-april-8th/ Fast Paced Life, Fast Paced News: Corporations on the Web: Coca-cola has 35 million fans on Facebook, and Eminem was 48 million...Obama has 24 million Celebrity and Politician Presence on the web...a framed sense of accessibility?
Do we really rely on celebrities online? Technology in the classroom...why is it working? Issues with New Media Synthesized the public and the private Fabricates an artificial concern What can we do? Challenge misrepresentation Understand the corporate and institutional voice behind media Look at the "new" historically, what are the social trends behind our technology? Technological Determinism * Squires (2012) - "Technologies have some inevitable consequence on social practice", an autonomous force * Early technological advances were seen as somewhat deterministic * Potentiality vs. Inevitability * Constraints and affordances of technology * Technological Determinism vs. Societal Determinism http://buylife.org/about.php http://mashable.com/2013/02/05/teachers-technology-infographic/ Implications of our Actions Sources Myth #4: Social Media is destroying copyrighting laws. Who is driven to publish especially due to online pressures? Myth #5: Abbreviations caused by social media language is a hindrance. Myth #1: - In today's culture, there is a consistently negative representation of young people's new-media language. - Although Thurlow doesn't deny that language and communication have remained unaffected by communication technologies, she feels as though the themes in popular discourse are negative in the sense that they misrepresent young people. Q: Are today's young people non-communicative & incompetent? -Q: Do you think that technology has created a distincitve "youth" culture, or is the culture shared by all who are familiar with the new technologies?


http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/04/infographic-is-social-media-ruining-students/237973/ How is Media aiding in creation of a pseudo-society? http://mashable.com/2012/11/28/social-media-time/ Thank you!! Share your myth beliefs Do you believe new media has damaged your writing skills? If so, how? Is it worth it to write or attempt to publish with all the new media copyright issues? How have the uses and attributes of written culture stood up over time especially in light of new computer-driven technology? What is the benefit of the technology?
Whom does it benefit?
What are we giving up in order to gain this new benefit?
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