Netiquette (link)

I found this quite interesting…

http://www.truetube.co.uk/media.php?do=detail&mediaid=550

Michael is always keen on a nuanced view about grammar as a ‘netiquette’ issue: he thinks, some things are impolite, such as a very poor grammar with mispelt words; abbreviation to the point of truncation whereby one needs to unpack someone’s expression; but on the other hand, cryptically complex syntax or completely formal language (such as full stops, or word capitalisation) is a lax.

It’s as if there is a genuine distinction between the socially acceptable conversational prose; and the formalised expositional prose; wherewhich this writing style embodies the latter.

It’s very interesting how we have social conventions, and further, class distinctions or correlations in the way of how we communicate ourselves ‘virtually’.

S*

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