we’re taking a group of people who have insider knowledge of the English language (or at least a good grasp of it) and placing them in a new, unfamiliar, virtual space. This space introduces visual aids to language in the form of photos and gifs, the ability to comment on someone else’s text in a reblog and the ability to communicate a lot of information in very few words using hashtags. We also see the creation of tone in a toneless medium. In order to simulate conversational patterns in writing we SHOUT WHEN WE’RE SUPER EXCITED or *psssst whisper when we’re pretending to tell someone a secret while perfectly aware that anyone on the internet can read what we’re saying.* slash the coolest bit tho is that u can like ironically forgo all capitalization and punctuation just write in a weird speech pattern its ok everyone will still understand maybe it even helps read the text more quickly because nothing is interrupting the flow of words
In short, this dialect results when people who already share a language are given new tools. The result isn’t a butchering of English language but a creative experiment with it. Am I claiming that the Internet as a whole is operating on a level of postmodernism that would make Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon seem like novices? maybe i am maybe im not u punk wut of it like who r u to tell me otherwise
Tia Baheri: “Your Ability to Can Even: A Defense of Internet Linguistics" | The Toast
Totally worth reading the whole article, especially the part on Tumblr and gender.
I am biased against this because I used to be the smart kid but I do not find this to be funny at all. When I “finally” failed a test, all of my classmates except for my one best friend were making a huge deal out of it. They acted as though it was something unthinkable. They were looking at me as if I had grown another head. It made me feel like I wasn’t allowed to get a bad grade. I had to be perfect, or else I was weird. In the end, I was so stressed because of the pressure I even considered commiting suicide. It wasn’t pressure from my parents, they were okay with it. It was from my classmates who couldn’t grasp the fact I was only human.
So please, I’m begging you, if you have this smart classmate and they fail a test, do NOT laugh at them, do NOT insult them, do NOT make a big deal out of it. We’re all humans, we all make mistakes—don’t take this entitlement away from us.
#no but please guys #that caption is so fucking important #that is pretty much my academic career in a nutshell #if you get an A on something #that’s what’s expected of you #there’s nothing special about that #but if you get anything less #even if those you care about don’t say anything to your face about it #you’ve still been conditioned (mostly by your own mind and everyone around you thinking you’re a genius) #to think that anything less than perfect is not anywhere near acceptable #for an example: my last statistics test was worth 25 points and had two extra credit points in addition #and when I looked at my grade and saw I got a 25 on it #my first thought was that ‘why didn’t I get those last two points? what did I do wrong?’ #it’s a fucked up psychology that has caused me so much stress for god knows how long #i’ve made myself sick over grades#half of my hair actually fell out from stress in my junior year of high school #but hey#at least i’ve got that perfect transcript #right? #it’s not fucking worth it #if i could do it again i’d gladly take b’s if it means i can sleep through the night #and not stress about whether that 90% is good enough #and just #'smart people' are people too okay #i’ve conditioned myself and freaked myself out about grades so much that anything less than an a is NOT okay #this isn’t a good mentality to have no matter what anyone thinks#'you're so smart laura!' #'you'll get into any school you want to laura!' #'I wish I had your study habits laura!' #'don't worry about test - I'm sure you aced it!'#well as it turns out if I DIDN’T ace it i’ll probably be THIS close to a mental breakdwn for the rest of the day #so basically what i’m getting at here #in this long convoluted gut-spilling #is that you really fucking shouldn’t point out to a ‘smart kid’ when they don’t do as well as they ually do #because they’re probably already beating themselves up about it to the point of a nervous breakdown #and you’re really not fucking helping #by mocking them like that
This is cute because it’s probably the first time she’s seen/had her hair completely dry and it’s all soft and full of volume (o:
How the hell is her hair soft after living in salt water for all her life
shhh. mermaid physics.
India re-criminalizes gay sex, and gay Indians are fighting back —> http://voc.tv/1bEcKTw
A widely unexpected decision today by India’s Supreme Court to reinstate a law criminalizing gay sex has incited a wave of protests across the world’s largest democracy, with a growing number of citizens vowing to keep pressure on the government to re-reverse course.
Most Indians had expected the panel to rubber-stamp a 2009 Delhi High Court order that decriminalized gay sex. That decision deemed unconstitutional a 153-year-old portion of India’s penal code, known as section 377, that prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.” Issuing its ruling today, the Supreme Court said the Delhi court had overstepped its authority four years ago by amending a national law—something that can be done by only the Parliament of India.
Or, y’know, that thing called “Passover.”
Or the whole thing with Noah’s Ark where he killed off everything in the world except Noah and his family, and two of every animal. Y’know, no big deal. Just millions of people.
90% of the Old Testament is about God killing people in temper tantrums
Are we not going to mention Jesus?