Online Identities Come with Their Own Vernacular

The Internet is its own world

Are internet dialects a thing? Mike Rugnetta of Idea Channel explores the idea a bit.  Are they a thing? Absolutely. So what kind of internet dialect do I have? Based on my use of hashtags, word shortenings, acronyms, gifs, memes, I probably fit under the umbrella of “American millennial internet dialect”. But beyond that I (and everyone else on the internet), have a unique dialect (filled with irony, humor,sarcasm and melancholy among other things) that fits into several different sub-(internet) dialects. As with real life on the internet we’re all influenced by a bevy things (real life, other users, other web content), that when infused with our own thoughts and personalities shapes our (internet) dialect. Additionally different mediums have different effects on my language/communication patterns. My personal style of communication can vary depending if I’m using Twitter, blogging, SMS or other mediums. All of them reflect my vernacular as a whole but each mediums brings out a different variation. My preferences of the way I consume content also varies with each passing medium. Continue reading “Online Identities Come with Their Own Vernacular”

Ethos, Logos, Pathos and Kairos are Ever Present

Ethos, logos, pathos and kairos are all concepts that are present in everyday rhetoric. Sean Morey details these concepts in The Digital Writer. These concepts are not just limited to digital rhetoric, they exist in other forms such as in print and face to face whether the author and audience are conscious of it or not. Ethos refers generally to the ethics or trustworthiness of something or a message. To me the word that describes it well is credibility. Logos is based upon logic, why your rhetoric is relevant or why it makes sense for the audience to take an interest. Ethos and logos closely relate, in my opinion a sense of credibility can evoke logic and vice versa. Pathos is about using emotions to appeal to the audience, depending on how it is used it can come across as manipulative. Kairos is about timing and finding the proper moment for a message or a response. Continue reading “Ethos, Logos, Pathos and Kairos are Ever Present”