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Old 09-19-2019, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Interesting new book on "internet" writing/grammar

There was a review in The Washington Post for "Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language" by Gretchen McCulloch

Some excerpts:

"Those who use the Internet rarely or for mostly practical reasons (work, shopping) often just use their offline communication styles online. That’s why some older people send texts with punctuation patterns, like repeated dashes or ellipses, that seem bizarre to younger recipients. They’re just “faithfully reproducing the conventions of a genre that they’re fluent in” — that is, informal writing in notes and postcards, where space was at a premium but complete sentences and standard punctuation were too formal."


"People who are more online-oriented tend to use line breaks rather than ellipses and dashes to separate informal thoughts. Breaks are more practical than they used to be, pixels being in greater supply than paper, and they improve readability. So “hey . . . how’s it going” has become

hey

how’s it going

The emergence of the line break as the most neutral informal pause marker is one tiny part of the typographical tone-of-voice system we’ve collectively developed."



This last finally explains to me the writing/posting style of a user on another forum I frequent. His posts a full of single line statements where each line is separated by a blank line. I find it difficult to read, difficult to figure out what he's talking about/asking--it doesn't help that he appears to be an idiot (given what he posts).


I think I'm going to get the book...




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Old 09-19-2019, 01:38 PM   #2
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How can one compare the number of pixels (on the internet or otherwise) with how much paper there is!?


Also, it seems that the idiot density is higher on the internet compared to in real life. Are they attracted by the unlimited supply of pixels? Aaargh, paper - it's so finite!

   
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ROFL!!! '-}}


The guy I referenced in my earlier post is the only person I've seen who uses that line-break style so consistently in posting and I don't think the line-break style improves readability--at least with this particular user--because, to me, it appears that his thinking is not coherent but rather random...sort of like his lines of text...



At any rate, this is the time I've ever seen this discussed--not that I've been looking for this to be discusses to there may be other articles/books out there.



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Interesting. And hopping on Bo's train of thought, do we have a new measure of eStupidity here? IPP (Imbeciles Per Pixel)

   
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LOL!!! I think so...'-}}



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As there are an infinite number of pixels there must also be an infinite number of imbeciles/idiots (we really should ask them how they would prefer to be addressed) even if that number is lower. Sad fact.

   
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And lest we slide into debates about how many imbeciles can dance on the head of a pixel (or of an idiot), we should probably let this thread fade into oblivion.

Unless we don't feel like it.

   
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ROFL!!!


A one to one correspondence?? '-}}




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Well, half of infinity is still infinity...

   
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So is that two imbeciles per pixel or two pixels per imbecile?

Or, infinity being what it is, I suppose you could answer yes to both.

   
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