Why Libraries Need Focus More than Change

Last week the American Library Association, the world’s oldest library organization, held its annual meeting in California. The theme of the meeting? “Transforming our Libraries. Ourselves.” Reminiscent of the 1970s feminist bible Our Bodies, Ourselves, it was not surprising that the association chose as its keynote speaker feminist Gloria Steinem. Steinem addressed patriarchal power and … Continued

Books, Culture

Post of the Week

Check out Mark Tapson’s post on why it’s essential that we retain salutations and closings in e-mail to keep close social ties with one another.

Culture

Lamenting the Decline of Digital Etiquette

At Acculturated we’ve often expressed concern about the decay of language and of human interaction in the accelerating digital age. But two writers elsewhere earlier this month made urgent pleas to hasten that degeneration. In his online Slate article “You Say ‘Best.’ I Say No,” Matthew J. X. Malady confesses to being so inundated by … Continued

Culture, Tech

The New Age of Advertising: Where Vulgarity Is Bland

Editor’s note: This piece is part of a symposium in which a variety of writers and thinkers weigh in on the topic of “Language in the Digital Age.” Look for further contributions on this topic (like this one and this one) throughout the week on Acculturated. As America’s favorite cookie for nearly 100 years, there’s little reason to suspect Nabisco suddenly … Continued

Language in the Digital Age

The Case for Emoticons

Editor’s note: This piece is part of a symposium in which a variety of writers and thinkers weigh in on the topic of “Language in the Digital Age.” Look for further contributions on this topic throughout the week on Acculturated. For most of us, there’s a world of difference between the written word and the spoken word. Where the … Continued

Language in the Digital Age