Email to Your Brain
Language in an Online and Mobile World
This book examines how language evolves, along with changes in the way we interact with other people, as communication technologies become increasingly domesticated. As domestication of communication technologies spreads through the populace, people are increasingly “on” networks that extend beyond the landline phone. How has the growing domestication of email, instant messaging, text messaging on mobile phones, blogging, Facebook — and the rash of other forms of online and mobile communications platforms — altered our communication landscape? This book looks at two fundamental changes that email and its descendants are having upon our language and the way we use it. The first of these changes involves our growing ability, using communication technology, to assert control over when we interact with whom. The second transformation concerns the amount of writing we are now doing and what effect quantity may be having upon quality.
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