Chapter 3: Language, Style, Humor

“We could fill a few hard drives just with new terms associated with the computer/Internet/social media revolution: tweeting, texting, sexting, friending, IM’ing, blogging, trending, and Googling populate our daily talk. Viral videos circulate in cyberspace, and Internet trolls don’t live under bridges. URLs, HTML, PDFs, JPEGs, RSSs, and ISPs proliferate in our virtual worlds. Smart phones and their data plans have all but replaced land lines and long-distance phone calls–to say nothing of the increasingly obsolete busy signal. And live streaming does not refer to fly-fishing or salmon migrations. Is it any wonder that some just a bit older than us find this whole bizarre edifice rather frightening and decidedly alien?”