[_] Web Project for Gloucester company (Mark Chitty)
rich at corephp.co.uk
Fri May 25 10:48:12 BST 2007
Hi Tom, Friday, May 25, 2007, 10:27:27 AM, you wrote: > I'd usually agree with you on this matter, except for Myspace. I > have an allergy to Myspace. > The backgrounds. The music. The grammar. It's the Geocities of the > new millennium. On a slight tangent to this, I read an absolutely fascinating article (http://www.danah.org/papers/Etech2006.html) linked to from Kathy Sierras blog about social sites and the language of culture. While a large number of people reading [_] will cringe at the sight of things like: "suP WIt IT pLAY bOI?" the following part of the article sums it up nicely: "It's easy to express horror and indignation at this writing style if you're not a part of the relevant social group, but that is a condescending position. What these teens are doing with language is fascinating and important. They are repurposing written words to express culture in the same way that people have always repurposed spoken words for slang. Because teens spend more time online, they are morphing written words for expressive communication. They are personalizing words." It goes on to talk about the problems the above presents to us, as developers, and it is affecting our everyday coding practises (such as trying to trap swear words in comments, non-allowed characters, etc) Anyway, just thought I'd throw this in. If you don't want to read the whole transcript, just scroll down to the part titled 'LANGUAGE'. The original blog entry (which is equally as fascinating) is here: http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2006/03/ultrafast_relea.html Cheers, Rich -- Zend Certified Engineer http://www.corephp.co.uk "Never trust a computer you can't throw out of a window"