Messages in the Age of Messaging

One hundred and twenty year ago, Guglielmo Marconi sent a coded message via wireless transition—“Are you ready”—across 3.7 miles of Wales. Not long after, a message flew across 2,000 miles and the Atlantic Ocean. The world has since become accustomed to seeing words travel across water and air, between distant countries and far off shores. Today, … Continued

Parenting

Texting Mix-Up Shows Generosity of Strangers

Usually, stories about a mistyped or mistakenly sent text message or tweet end badly (see: the career of disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, who for some reason is still on Twitter, despite having been caught on more than one occasion photo-tweeting his nether regions to followers). But this week, one text message brought several strangers together … Continued

Culture

New Racially Diverse Emojis Are Not Emojis—They’re Avatars

A few weeks ago, Apple released the new iOS 8.3 software, prompting the digital citizenry to praise—with hands praying emojis aplenty—the inclusion of 300 new “emojis.” Many of the new additions represent human faces that can be selected in one of six universally understood skin colors (as determined by the Fitzpatrick classification scale, which was … Continued

Tech

When Does a Prank Cross the Line?

Last month Nathan Fielder of Comedy Central’s Nathan For You stirred up a little controversy online when he urged his younger Twitter followers to “accidentally” send a text to their parents that appeared to be part of a drug deal, and then post the parent’s reaction online. You can imagine how calmly the “punked” parents … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Television

Brazilian School Kids Give Celebs English Lessons

In a text-and-tweet-saturated world, where spelling and grammar are sacrificed for speed and spontaneity, young English-language students in Brazil are aiming to elevate our discourse by politely schooling American celebrities in the rules of writing on Twitter. Red Balloon, Brazil’s leading English school for children, recently assigned students between the ages of eight and thirteen a fun … Continued

Tech

The Regrettable Rise of “OMG!”

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. “And the word was made text, and then it was spoken.” John Donvan of … Continued

Language in the Digital Age

The Regrettable Rise of “OMG!”

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. “And the word was made text, and then it was spoken.” John Donvan of … Continued

Language in the Digital Age

The Daily Pop Culture Scene

How Texting, Tweeting, Social Media Hurt Kids–Daily Mail What Has James Taylor Been Up To?–WSJ Biggest Loser Is a Generous Winner–People If Porn Isn’t Art, Does It Have Right to Exist?–Daily Beast Mad Men Style: How Peggy’s Clothes Define Her–Slate Malcolm Gladwell: Ban College Football–Slate Are Men Ready for “Victor’s Secret”?–NY Times

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