Notes and reflections

This book is alllll about internet linguistics. Internet linguistics are a new branch of linguistics that examines new language patterns that have emerged as a result of the internet. This kinda stuff:

Gretchen McColluch points out that the internet is the first place where casual writing has entered the mainstream – that is, people on the internet write more than they ever have in any other time in history.

McCulloch mentions casings (lol vs. LOL), and keysmashing (agdj;kasgjk vs. ~Iw=L2/Bl_W) as examples of linguistic rules that arose from the internet. People will retype keysmashes to make it look right, and she points out how it’s even distinguishable from cats walking across the keyboard (tfgggggggggggggggggggsxdzzzzzzzz). That is to say, these new linguistic rules have given us new ways of making meaning out of new strings of characters which would be completely unintelligible to anyone unfamiliar with internet culture.

Unordered notes

  • Moving towards future prose as much as possible rather than referring back to how a word has always been used 1:20;00
  • Jenny sundyen? On the internet, you write yourself into existence. 1:55:00
  • Typographical tone of voice