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Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World

Naomi S. Baron


This book shows how Internet and mobile technologies — including instant messaging (IM), cell phones, multitasking, social networking Web sites, blogs, and wikis — are profoundly influencing the way we read and write, speak and listen, but not in the ways we might suppose. The book looks at language in an online and mobile world. It reveals for instance that email, IM, and text messaging have had surprisingly little impact on student writing. Electronic media has magnified the laid-back “whatever” attitude toward formal writing that young people everywhere have embraced, but it is not a cause ... More

Keywords: instant messaging, cell phones, email, text messaging, electronic media, social networking, Internet, information technology, mobile technologies, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195313055
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi S. Baron, author
American University
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