atw: Re: Great Mate vs Gr8 M8 (very long and philosophical)

"logical analytical process that is necessary for structuring
information"

Some languages are 'hypotactic' whereas others are 'paratactic'. If
"rational" 'privileging' is also discredited then we are back to mere
'personality' - as you say - which has curious implications in a
political arena.

Matthew=20

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I have no answers to any of this because I think the situation is much
broader than just the use of letters in words.  It is about the
communication process overall.  I am writing a course on email that
includes
a heading "Collaboration" and mentions FaceBook - in other words, the
designer has no idea what either is about.  And nor did I till I started
exploration.

I found there are two classes of Web 2.0 site out there that get mixed -
collaboration sites and networking sites, with some crossover between
the
two.=20

The first key difference with the networking sites such as Face Book and
Ning, is that there is little attempt at structure - they are random
pages
of information with lateral links to unrelated pages of information -
very
frustrating for a brain trained to think logically and sequentially.
They
cater to two activities only, passive observation, and I-centred
self-expression.  They have nothing whatever to do with communication.
There is no responsibility on the part of the writer to write in a way
that
is heard, and no responsibility on the part of the reader to provide
feedback or in any way react to what they have read. So the purpose for
writing has changed from communication to self-expression.

There is a concept of inviting someone to be your friend, and the idea
seems
to be to collect as many "friends" as possible.  This means that the
meaning
of the word friend has changed to mean acquaintance.  That is just one
example of the conceptual substance of a word changing as a result of
the
new technology.

Another word that confused me was "collaboration". I thought it meant
people
interacting in a way that changes what each does as a result of input
from
others.  When it is used in the networking space, it doesn't.  A Wiki is
apparently collaborative.  In other words, if lots of individuals add
lots
of individual entries into a common space, that is collaboration.  Maybe
my
meaning was wrong - or maybe the meaning has changed.  Again, it has
lost
the element of communication.  It has become a collection of I-centred
self-expression.

However, when you look at collaborative sites such as Google Docs,
Office
Live and Windows Live, collaboration does still mean collaboration the
way I
define it.  It is still about sharing documents and doing whatever you
do
with them together.  These are currently designed for grown-ups. =20

I speculate that as the current "texting" generation progresses through
life, they will take their new meanings for old words with them.  They
will
also take their "communication" processes with them - which means that
the
whole process of communication as we understand it - the
inter-relationship
of two or more people that changes each - will be a lost concept.  They
will
also be masters of lateral non-sequential thought, and the logical
analytical process that is necessary for structuring information will be
the
preserve of the few.

My own analysis is all over the place at present, because this whole
field
of exploration is new to me and I am "un-learned" - ie, I don't have the
language I need to make it make sense - a great example of the
importance of
sophisticated language in the process of gaining and communicating
intellectual clarity.

Christine

...................................

Hi Everyone!
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Great Mate vs Gr8 M8

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What is the difference between the two and why should one set of symbols
render the other as useless when in fact they are still the same in
pronunciation and meaning and in fact nothing has really changed or has
it? Has the meaning been diminished in any way? ..............

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