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The Language of the Phone

New Media versus Standard Language

Brooke Towner

on 19 April 2010

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Transcript of The Language of the Phone

The Language of the Phone:
New Media versus Standard Language
focus: the use of cell phones as a medium or writing tool for texting as a writing system. texting is the writing system/language that has affected our standardized writing. Major growth of texting took place around the year 2000 where 17 billion texts were sent and 250 billion in 2001. Due to its quick and rapid way of communicating via writing, more and more people began creating a type of short-hand that is largely associated with texting. Much of this “language” is only recognized by those affiliated with this writing system, but those who are not, face grave difficulty when attempting to understand the emerging “lingo”. Texting, in a sense, has created a new English language. The world today has become a “society on the go” due to technological innovations. It is not that jobs have changed, but the way they are now done coincide with the capabilities that portable technologies allow us. As explained in Mark Warschaur’s work, “Millennialism and Media language, literacy, and technology in the 21st century”, he states that the change is only normal and that it occurs along with the emergence of new technologies: “There was never a distinct world of ‘languagespace’ or ‘writingspace’ or ‘printspace’ that humans entered into when these new technologies emerged. Thus our task is not to understand the brave new world of cyber space, because no such world exists, but rather to understand how new information and communications technologies are helping to reshape the world we live in” (56). It is because communication needs to happen at a rapid rate that standard written language is being transformed to fit the new writing technology of texting.
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