Multi-Modal Essay

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Over the past ten to fifteen years, there has been a major change in the way people communicate to each other due to the development of the internet. Because of this, there has been a massive effect on the amount of socialising between friends and family; using technology in online social messaging websites such as Bebo, MSN, Facebook and many more. Through these social messaging websites, more and more people can interact with their friends and family all over the world. An expert professor David Crystal has supported the idea of web-based messages and disagrees with the view that slang and contractions leads to a lower English standard of language. Although this is a benefit to most people, it has been abused by some people by overusing it and different ‘language’ while typing, which cause differentiation in the way we speak and the way we write. The current views are pointing at the fact that this is causing a pejoration in this generation’s language which could badly affect their and our future; destroying the conventions of Standard English. This essay will evaluate the similarities and differences between spoken language and web-based messaging such Facebook and many more. In my research, the fifth data set is a conversation between two teenage girls. Data two is the seventh online messaging and is a conversation between two grown up men. There is vast difference both the conversation due to their age and Socialect. For instance, in the fifth data, the conversation is between the two teenage girls begin with the use of logograms; “r u okay?” and also uses an emoticon to end her message;”XO”. This shows that the teenagers are influenced by their colleagues at school or could be the way in which people speak in their demographic that would affect how they talk to people. By using emoticons, it shows how the teenagers can be creative by making up symbols to use such as :) for a smile. The message is then carried on by the next participant replying as “not...
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