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Originally posted by B.Morrison
budgie smugglers = jocks not boxer shorts, swim jock not swim trunks.
Originally posted by GTasker
I see your bad grammar above. You should never start a sentence with 'and'.
[edit on 10-12-2009 by GTasker]
Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
Here's an interesting thought...
...how much of our digitalized information will survive (or be able to be accessed) by archeologist of the future?
Originally posted by Kokatsi
It is difficult to asses the current problems with writing and reading without referring to TV. I think it is the single most important reason for the new illiteracy.
In fact, an American intellectual in the late 80's was telling me he thought the Internet was the single reason for the resurrection of any kind of writing at all...
In defense of SMS:
SMS is by far not the same price all over the world as talking on a mobile phone. In the country where I currently live, it can cost as much as 50 cents per minute to talk, whereas it costs only a couple of cents to send an SMS. (Wages are about one fifth to one tenth of US wages so it matters.) Added to this, you have very little EMF radiation while sending an SMS, compared to the cell phone radiation. Plus you do not make people uncomfortable in public transportation etc. by shouting away... (I hate it when I'm phoned down... in terms of voice plus radiation...)
As a linguist, I think the problem is not with our codes. They do evolve. Consumer society has done a great deal to cheapen words though - with propaganda and advertisement.
Luckily, (some) people today are far more aware than others were 30 years ago that news and language can be manipulated.
(Neuro-linguistic programming teaches we manipulate our environment by words and metaphors all the time - however, it is better to become conscious of what you are doing.)
Book burning (a category of biblioclasm, or book destruction) is the practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, one or more copies of a book or other written material. In modern times, other forms of media, such as phonograph records, video tapes, and CDs have also been ceremoniously burned, torched, or shredded. The practice, usually carried out in public, is generally motivated by moral, religious, or political objections to the material.
Some particular cases of book burning are long and traumatically remembered - because the books destroyed were irreplaceable and their loss constituted a severe damage to cultural heritage, and/or because this instance of book burning has become emblematic of a harsh and oppressive regime. Such were the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, the burning of books and burying of scholars under China's Qin Dynasty, the destruction of Mayan codices by Spanish conquistadors and priests, and in more recent times, Nazi book burnings and the destruction of the Sarajevo National Library.