Evolving online communication

The oil spill is killing the birds, the internet is making us dumber, and the world will likely end in 2012 as the Mayans predicted.

Or not.

Back at the birth of emailing, we complained that it was an inferior form of communication because it did not allow for inflection of tone or sarcasm except for those PEOPLE WHO EMAIL IN ALL CAPS WHO WE HATE HATE HATE.

We said, at least a handwritten letter reveals some personality or some emotion through penmanship. Truth be told, personality can be analyzed by penmanship, but so far, I don’t think psychologists are asking anyone what font they use in Microsoft Word.

Today is a new day, a new generation, and I will argue that we are not inferior to the days of shorthand and professional calligraphers. I *willargue #socialmedia #2012

It seems that language will continue to evolve. We did not stagnate with the King James version of English and now, regular old complete sentences with correct punctuation are no longer satisfactory.


Scan through the Twitter streams of Generation Y and you will find that the kids who grew up with AIM quickly developed ways of communicating much more than words with only a regular set of alphabet letters and a few symbols.

It’s like a new Morse code. It’s written language, plus more. And, those of us who communicate with this enhanced version of English, are learning it like a new language without even realizing how much information we are taking in and storing in our memories. It’s not over. As the need to work virtually continues to grow, friendships are kept up across geographical breaks and web interfaces improve, we will learn how to code and decode messages even better.