When did our plainest punctuation mark become so aggressive? (New Republic)
“In the world of texting and IMing … the default is to end just by stopping, with no punctuation mark at all,” Liberman wrote me. “In that situation, choosing to add a period also adds meaning because the reader(s) need to figure out why you did it. And what they infer, plausibly enough, is something like ‘This is final, this is the end of the discussion or at least the end of what I have to contribute to it.’”
posted by salix
on Dec 3, 2013 -
Reflections On Our Media of Communication.
Traditional news media vs. the internet. Are people really abandoning TV, paper, and radio news? Does the 'net really offer the best in free-press? The ever lovable Fred thinks so, and he's not afraid to tell you why.
posted by eas98
on Apr 22, 2004 -
Cables, Cables, Cables
I got to thinking last night about all those cables lying along the ocean floor. This
is a fascinating article on the history of telephonic cables; while this one
adds a bit more color, and several interesting paintings.
"As history shows, the demand for undersea network capacities will only increase. There's no such thing as too much cable."
posted by mapalm
on Jul 24, 2001 -
Tapez 3615 Pour Fair Votre Resérvation sur Minitél...
Long Ago, before the Web, there was France's Minitel teletext. The French consider it a succès
; I'm not so sure, since a Minitel terminal was never demonstrably more useful than than a touchtone phone in North America. In any case, Minitel may offer some lessons as to what type of Web commerce are and are not commercially viable.
posted by ParisParamus
on Jun 2, 2001 -
See? Y'all sent me off to TVTechnology, and I found something interesting... Remember a couple years ago -- The Day The Pagers Died? They died because Galaxy 4 fell over, which in turn was because its Satellite Control Processors broke.
Both of them. 4 other birds are down one processor
; a total of 25 are in danger -- all built on the Hughes HM-601 satellite 'bus'. What is it we always say about genetic diversity being good? Wouldn't you hate to be the engineer on the hook for *this* 12 billion dollars?
posted by baylink
on Jan 29, 2001 -
Blast from the past
Oh, those halcyon days of text-based real-time chat, before there was a Web. (I'm catching up on my link quotient....)
posted by rschram
on Dec 10, 2000 -