The Threat of Online Slang to the English Language

Internet slang has become pervasive in the online writing community. According to the online Oxford Dictionary, slang is defined as “A type of language consisting of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people.” Tom Finelli finds that the use of internet slang has increased over the past 15 years. As a leading expert on website development, he states that “it’s nearly impossible to effectively communicate via chat without the use of emoticons and internet language, and the end result is a conversation that would be completely cryptic to the masses just 15 years ago.” As the use of internet slang has increased, I feel that it has had a negative effect on our language. First, the use of slang in the online community has decreased the level of formality in its writings. Language rules are loosening up and general writing is becoming less formal as people increase the use of slang. Second, the use of slang has the potential to cause miscommunication between writers and their readers. The acronyms in today’s slang can carry different meanings for the writer and the reader. Using the acronyms and slang may cause confusion for the older generations as well as certain communities within society. Third, the use of slang may imply lack of education or low literacy and may suggest that people are uneducated. This can make room for judgements and assumptions by the reader.

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The use of slang has decreased the level of formality of online writing. Robert McCrum, an author as well as an associate editor of ‘The Observer‘, expresses that the new slang has transformed the English language into a more loose, informal and dyspeptic form of language. First, evidence of less formality can be found in classrooms. It has been noted that the internet slang has worked its way into the classroom in many schools. Allie Sakowics expresses in an article, “when we’re using all this social media we’re not thinking about spelling words right, so naturally that’s going to translate into the classroom.” In addition, informal writing can be seen in college admission essays. Dion Lassiter, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, says, “Admissions officers have shared with me that a lot of essays they’re encountering now are deeply rooted in this technological culture of cut-off sentences where you’re writing like you speak.” The little things such as using ‘yeah’ instead of ‘yes‘ can have dramatic effects on conversations especially in post-secondary schooling where on tests, slang will not be tolerated. Finally, the younger generation may find it difficult to adapt to the formal professional world. The younger generation may become too reliant on the internet slang and they won’t have the proper language skills to write in the professional world. Common literacy will be a challenge instead of being a habit when doing simple things. For example, writing a resume to get a job, filling out an accident report, or sending an email to the boss are examples of formal writing that may be required and may be challenging for the regular slang user.

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Second, the use of slang, by online writers, has the potential to cause miscommunication. One, poor communication can occur between the generations. As an example, the older generations as well as certain communities have not caught up on certain internet terms. “Idk” is a great example of this. Within the online culture, it means ‘I don’t know’. In the real world it stands for ‘Ident-a-kid’. ‘Ident-a-kid‘ is a child identification program in the United States. Also, in the professional world, miscommunication could be detrimental. Another example of this is the widely used acronym ‘LOL‘, which commonly stands for ‘Laugh out loud’. It has been commonly misinterpreted by parents as ‘lots of love’ when the texting and online community first started expressing this acronym. It was often put into the wrong context and people were confused. To the medical community it means ‘little old lady’. Furthermore, miscommunication can also lead to problems in platonic or romantic relationships. When a message is sent to someone we care about the meaning of the message could be misinterpreted because the emotion is not communicated with just words. Alex Lickerman, M.D., writes “making our meaning clear electronically presents extra challenges. For example, we write things like “LOL” and “LMAO” to describe our laughter, but they’re no real substitute for hearing people laugh, which has real power to lift our spirits when we’re feeling low.”

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The pervasive use of slang may give the perception of a lack of education. Users of slang may not fit into a normal group of human beings. Steven Poole, a writer for ‘the Guardian’ explains that, “we encounter the idea that anyone using “internet slang” is not a ‘regular adult human being.’ Such an unfortunate must be either an irregular adult human being – perhaps one with chaotic habits of dress or diet, or one who is just, you know, weird.” In addition, writers that use slang may not be part of the educated group of people. Steven Poole suggests that, “Online writing, you see, is destroying the purity of English as we know it and threatening to dumb us all down into a herd of screen-jabbing illiterates.” With this in mind, a professor could make assumptions about his students, an employer might judge an job applicant, and an insurance company may not accept a written accident explanation from a client all based on the use of slang in their writing.

In conclusion, internet slang is has been negative for language users because the use of slang in the online community has decreased the level of formality, the use of slang has the potential to cause miscommunication between the writer and his reader, and the use of slang may imply a lack of education or low literacy. There are no rules or regulations’ when it comes to slang and this can be a severe cause for concern. Of course there are positive when adopting slang into internet lingo; however I strongly believe that there is a time and a place to use it.

 

 

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Diligence On The Internet?

When you are on the internet, is it important to explain who you are?

I believe there are positives and negatives to both sides whether you express yourself online or not. At the same time, a person has to surf the web with diligence no matter what they are doing on the internet.

Let me paint a picture of my opinion. There is a left side and right side of a spectrum. On the left side you have a person who has gone to the extreme to  put there complete identity on their social media profile for example; their name, profile picture, phone number, Date of birth, location of where they live, their gender, their race, and etc. On the right side, their profile is completely blank with zero information except, well, their name. This gives people on the internet the opportunity to shape their own identity.

The positives of the left side of the spectrum include the aspect that friends, family, and colleges can search you and keep in touch. It allows us to shape our own identity over the internet and gives us the opportunity to express our opinion. It gives each of us the ability to take credit for online action. However, this also can be a negative when people post things that are regarded as “offside” comments.  For people on the right side of the spectrum this would be a positive. Another positive would be that people that don’t advertise themselves on the internet have the freedom to post anything they want without any consequences.

In conclusion, I think it is extremely important to be careful of what type of information a person put on a blog, Face book, and any other types of profiled type websites. This can be a huge cause for concern in regards to a person’s digital foot print because it can come back and bite a person.

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The Nomination

 

Within our culture, there has been a new trend. I’m not talking about your ordinary trend. Our social media has adopted these nomination schemes. Now what are they? In Alyson Henrys blog she describes one of these ruthless nominations as:

“NEKNOMINATION is an online drinking game that has gained momentum in recent weeks in Ireland. The aim of the game is to down a pint of alcohol and then nominate someone else to do the same, giving them a window of 24 hours to do so.”

            Realistically, this is just another stupid trend that gives parents another thing to worry about. Over its existence on social media, this challenge has stolen five lives. Lately, over Facebook the ‘Neknomination’ trend has slowly died off and the origin of the trend has sparked more nomination types. For example, girls are trending a no make-up selfie that is suppose to inspire confidence.  Another example that has kind of went the complete opposite direction of the negative Neknomination, is the health nomination as well as the cross-fit nomination.

            The health nomination is a sarcastic knock-off where people are making and consuming healthy meals. The Cross-fit nomination also follows the sarcastic trend in a positive way and mocks the Neknomination. They videotape themselves going through a work out and then they put it on a social media source.

 I personally think it’s hilarious how people even give these ‘competitions’ the time of day. However, I think it is important that we take the positives out of these.  I think it is also important to notice the people that aren’t going through with the Neknominations anymore and it only went as far as it did. I think this trend could have been way worse and could have taken a lot more lives. It gives me a sense of comfort that there are people that don’t conform to these trends. Obviously, humanity has woken up and generally noticed that it wasn’t good for society.

The thing I worry about, within our society is, what’s next? How much worse can it get? And what are the implications going to be?

           

 

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What Makes A Blog Attractive?

While doing some reading over some attractive blogs, I noticed some techniques that occurred in the majority of them. These techniques grabbed my interest and obviously many other readers. I broke these techniques into five categories. These techniques were quite evident in many of these successful blogs and attracted many viewers.

Here are the five points to which think makes a blog successful:

1-      Clear- When I say clear I mean that the blog is well written. The vocabulary was well put and very concise. They aren’t boring and dull.  The words made me feel comfortable when I read a good blog. When I say comfortable, I mean that the average human being can understand the material but at the same time the  words are still advanced. The material is casually expressed.

2-      Structure- The structure in these well written blogs are organized. I think that it makes it easier to read when opinions are short and put into individual paragraphs. I found it attractive when the sentence structure was efficient in many of those blogs. When there is a good mix of simple, compound, and complex sentences I find it more attractive as well. I believe having Declarative, Interrogative, Imperative, and Exclamatory  sentences are also essential to having an attractive blog. It mixes things up and makes it fun to read.

3-      Hyperlinks- I found it very reliable when the blog used hyperlinks to make their blog more credible. This was important to get a good insight to see where they are coming from. It expressed quick and efficient information; however it gave me an option to pursue the subject more if I wanted more information on the material.

4-      Videos/pictures- Videos and pictures were also a trend that I saw on most of the blogs that I read. They gave me an visual experience on what they are writing about. It casually expresses their informative opinion or gives an visual example of something. It made it a lot easier on me to get what they were saying.

5-      Informative opinions- I found the blogs that had very informative opinions were more easier to read and that was what attracted me to the blog. When a blog makes me think about a topic that interests me it grabs my attention. I think that that is extremely important because it gives me an opportunity to think about it and develop my own opinion.

I will leave you with the opportunity to research through some blogs and develop some opinions on what makes a blog successful. Look closely at those blogs and see if those 5 techniques truly give an edge to a blogger.

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Credit Where Credits Due

 

So today I am here to address the fact of giving credit when credit is due.

People on the internet partake in Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and other sites that can cause issues when we are spreading the word of blogs, pictures, videos, news articles and many more things that people share. This can cause problems if we take credit for some link that wasn’t ours. The question that people find hard to grasp is; what kind of credit do we give to the source we got it from? For me it is quite simple. When discussing this topic in a university class the result was quite evident that people want recognition for their work.

There obviously has to be credit towards the original link. Weather it is a tune from a song where a person changes the lyrics or a picture that we edit. Even if there is the most simplistic piece of material like a tune, recognition has to be given to the owner.  I think this is important for the simple reason that, that source was not yours. Even if there is something similar from another source, you need to give them that acknowledgement because that was not your original thought.

Now, here is the grey area!

 When there is a chain link going to Facebook for example, do we source every person that has shared that link up until you got it? I think that is pretty much impossible when you when you think of how big and fast the internet operates. However; in my opinion, I think there should be some sort of common courtesy that people should have to mention the person they got it from. For example, there are many statuses on Facebook that are translated from memes or pictures. People take that credit for these statuses and in no way can that be right. At the same time how do people regulate this?

Just some food for thought.

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2014 Canadian Olympic team

Since January 7th, 2014 when the Canadian Men’s Olympic team roster was dramatically unveiled, Canadians haven’t stopped buzzing about it. The Olympics are a passionate time for every country. Nevertheless Canadians takes passion for men’s hockey to a whole new level. Regardless of how much you like the game in Canada, you can’t seem to escape the hype all together.

When picking team Canada there are so many variables that factor in. You combine that with the amount of talent throughout the country and I can guarantee you that you will not make every Canadian satisfied. When Steve Yzerman, Peter Cherelli, Kevin Lowe, Ken Holland and the rest of the coaching staff picked this team they stated that they wanted to build a team that is built for the Olympic sized ice surface, they wanted a big bodied team, and experience. Now these guys are professionals and they poured there heart and soul into scouting each and every player on the roster. However; I want to address the fact that I believe 3 other players should have made this team considering what they can bring to the table:

1)      Martin St. Louis – Aside from the fact that he has relations with Yzerman, he kept this team from drowning in the basement of the entire NHL without, star center man, Steven Stamkos. St.Louis is just under a point per game player his entire career. He is only 5’8 but he plays bigger than he is. His speed is off the charts and is a proven veteran.

2)      Brent Seabrook – In the past 4 years Brent has 2 Stanley Cups and one Olympic gold medal. He is a proven champion along with his Blackhawks Olympian teammates Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Patrick Sharp. Say what you want but chemistry is important when it comes to a 6 game tournament. Especially when these athletes only have a week and a half to prepare for the games.

3)       Eric Stahl – Eric is a perennial goal scorer that plays with a powerful edge. He is also a Stanley cup champion gold medalist. He captains the Carolina hurricanes, which are undoubtedly a weaker team with little support. He is a game changer that controls the play and he is very versatile when it comes to positions and special teams.

All three of their track records speak for themselves. The talent that each possess should have earned them a spot on team Canada. However; there are guys on the team like Rick Nash and Patrick Marleau who will be under the gun if they don’t perform. This stage is the best of the best and Canada will have to come prepared. That means every player must know there role and be at the peak of their game.

We can analyze the fact of who should be in and who shouldn’t but at the end of the day if team Canada doesn’t come home with a gold medal Steve Yzerman along with his staff will take the heat.

Reflection

Blogs about sports are reliable because they’re based upon statistics and accomplishments or an opinion. Stats are black and white and very reliable. Good opinion based blog’s are generally written with passion. Misinterpretation is hardly an issue because analysts hammer their audience with their point of view.

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This is me.

Hello everyone!

I guess i will start by introducing myself. My name is Jordan Bartusek and I grew up in a small town by the name of Brooks in Southern Alberta. I am 20 years old and this is my first year in Business program at Mount Royal. I played hockey in Medicine Hat, AB for a year then went and played a couple games with the Lloyd Minster Bobcats before going out to Kimberly, BC to finish my junior career out there. After my hockey career fell short, due to injuries, I did the typical thing any 19 year old would do and endured the glorious life of rigging for a year. The reason I’m here is to get back to pursuing my passion, which is the game of hockey. If there is one thing you can expect from this blog is my opinion and the critical analysis of the National Hockey League.

hope you enjoy!

 

 

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