1. Article: http://savvycitizens.bcs.org/communication/how-the-internet-is-changing-the-english-language-and-the-ways-we-speak#more-1895
Over the years through new evolution of media, the way that people speak and write English has begun to change drastically.
It first begun when during the 15th century, the use of printing presses was introduced and that brought about new standardized grammar, spelling and punctuation styles. Also during the early 20th century, Radio and TV broadcasting brought in new styles as well.
However, it is the internet that had a massive change both in the way we speak and write English.
For me, I use the internet almost everyday and also use some internet slang and thus, this article interest me. Therefore I am doing a literature review on it.
Today, the internet technology has allowed us to communicate in English in different type of forms like e-mail, chat rooms, msn, blogging, online games, blogging, facebook, etc..
However, we do not communicate the same way when we are blogging as when we are texting. This is because of the different style of English used in the different technologies. In reality, we do not talk in precise and accurate English as when we are blogging, but when we are texting, it is actually closer to the actual conversation that would have taken place. Thus I feel that it is the form of formal and informal style of writing that triggers the different styles of English used in the different technologies.
2. Internet slang
Because of the different technologies, the internet has created some new vocabulary. I am sure that everyone knows what is “lol”(laugh out loud). These words did not exist in the past, however, because of internet technology and the way people communicate, it was created. In the past, people used the 20th century English slang like “funky”, “groovy” to be cool. Nowadays, these short internet slang like “lol”, “brb” were created to for convenience so that they could type faster. Also, there some internet slangs that people created, however, due to not many people understanding it or not using it, it did not became popular. To me, I feel that internet slang might be good at times and bad at times because of the knowledge of the English language. Using “lol” in your essay is definitely not going to get you extra marks but instead being penalized. However it is definitely quite useful in making online chats less awkward and more interesting.
3. Punctuations 🙂 [= =D
Like the internet slang, punctuations in the English language has evolved as well, but the grammar patterns and verb endings are mainly the same. Instead punctuations like comma, full stop, brackets has been used for another purpose. 🙂 This is formed from a colon and a bracket, but it means a happy face in the internet community. Because of the new uses of punctuations, online chats or texting has become much more interesting and vibrant. Also people are able to express themselves more freely using these punctuations made emotions.
In internet slang, internet trends tend to pick up fast. To frequent netizens, “rick roll” is a common term in which a punk is supposed to happen. The main point of rick roll is that it tries to make people go to a site where they think it is going be one thing, but it is a video of Rick Astley.
There are many types of internet slang as well like “Wordplay”, “Txt spk” which are basically using pictures and a mixture of often vowel-free abbreviations and acronyms.
Because of the internet, new words were created and new ways of expressing oneself were invented as well. To the society, this impact might be both positive and negative as there are many different pros and cons.
Strengths of internet slang:
1. Able to express oneself freely.
2. Convenience of typing shorter sentences.
3. Allows better interaction with another frequent netizen.
Weakness of internet slang:
1. The language of English is not same anymore.
2. Standard of English is lowered because of frequent use of internet slang.
3. Unable to communicate well with a person that does not use the internet.
In order to reinforce the English language, I feel that people should make an effort to study English itself better and not rely too much on the internet slang so that their knowledge of the English language does not suffer despite using internet slang often.