The Art

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There is much debate about how modern technology has affected the way we communicate and if it has improved or been detrimental to the art of communication. In the 21st century, the human race has more ways to communicate than ever before. This includes the use of the internet, the mobile phone, television and radio, as well as written and spoken communication. With all these methods, why do some argue that the art of communication has been lost? This essay will discuss how the internet has affected this art but it has not been lost but simply modified.

Communication can be defined in many different ways, so in turn the definition of the art of communication can vary. The word communication is from the Latin verb communicare, which
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This networking would not have been possible even twenty years ago.

The internet has helped define the new generation. Modern children are more technologically literate than their grandparents and parents and a new vocabulary has come about and those who do not use the internet often find it confounding. Words and acronyms such as ‘LOL’ (Laugh Out Loud), ‘ROFL’ (Rolling On the Floor Laughing), ‘BRB’ (Be Right Back), ‘tweet/tweeting’ (a post on twitter/verb for posting on Twitter), ‘noob’ (originated in the online game World of Warcraft, used to describe someone new to a situation/place/skill), ‘newb’ (variation of noob), ‘blog’, ‘pwned’ (from ‘owned’, when you beat someone at something, either a game or an argument), ‘LMAO’ (Laughing My Ass Off), ‘FTW’ (For The Win) and a fair few more originated from the internet (Reisinger, 2009). Other words such as ‘poke’, ‘epic’, ‘awesomeness’, ‘win’, and ‘fail’ have taken on new meanings on the internet. All these words have been popularised so much that many now occur in everyday conversation.

In conclusion the internet is changing the way we communicate in many ways. It has had positive and negative effects on people but it has a very secure place in society. In some cases the internet is a useless timewaster while in emergency situations it can be the fastest and most efficient way to communicate internationally. The internet is changing the people that use it, and also changing the English language. The art
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