Language in a Digital Age

‘A’ Assignment #2: Language in a Digital Age

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This research has really surprised me because I would have never thought about language in a digital age. It amazes me of how language can be so much now a days, such as just a simple emoji or just a simple tweet. These can actually say more than what they actually look like. I really surprised me.

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Here are the websites that I looked at:

https://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2015/jun/26/hashtag-language-evolution-digital-age

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF0R3eGTTgs

https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/xwxamz/the-language-of-emoji-communication-in-the-digital-age

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/07/16/emoji-celebrate-all-emojis-worldemojiday/466053001/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5595122/

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One of my favorite website to research was https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/xwxamz/the-language-of-emoji-communication-in-the-digital-age because it says, β€œIt only takes a single glance at our screens to see that language has shape-shifted from the written word to shiny happy emojis, but what does this say about us? In a recent study conducted by Talk Talk Mobile, 72% of 18-25 year-olds admitted they found it easier to express their feelings through emoji rather than text. “I think people are connecting with each other more often because emoji makes it more fun,” suggests Dan Brill author of Emojinaylsis, a Tumblr dedicated to dissecting identities through their recently used emoji. “Honestly I don’t get most of the backlash to the emoji uprising, I’m sure we said the same thing about text messaging cutting ourselves off from each other as it replaced the phone call, but my sister and I now have a constant stream of communication instead of the once-a-week phone call I’d struggle to find time to do.” Forever staring at our screens, the obsession over our online personas is spiralling out of control. Are we simply a society of selfie-loving narcissists? Even with the recent update, some of us are still in search of our emoji doppelganger (red heads and inter-racial couples for example). The other day a friend of mine confessed the emoji struggle is real: “Sometimes I feel in the midst of an identity crisis because I can’t find one single emoji that represents me.” If emoji originated as a simple icon to express emotion, why is the spectrum of skin tones, sexuality and gender a necessity? It seems emoji is starting to shape personal identity in the 21st century and it signifies our need for a technological persona. Standing out amongst the white noise in cyberspace has become crucial to our online identities and with that emoji isn’t just a way to express emotion, but a way to express individuality.”

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To be honest I believe using emoji’s can really make an environment fun. In the website https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5595122/ it says, β€œThe digital age is changing our children’s lives and childhood dramatically. New technologies transform the way people interact with each other, the way stories are shared and distributed, and the way reality is presented and perceived. Parents experience that toddlers can handle tablets and apps with a level of sophistication the children’s grandparents can only envy.” In our daily live the language is continuing to change through digital literacy. This is one of the reasons why we have to be prepared for everything as an educator.

We need to help children to really think about language and how communicating to somebody is better. I believe both using technology as a communication device and talking to a person in person is very important. Everyone need an actual human communication.

Thanks for reading.

 

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