Chapter 44 Storytellers as Tutors in Technique explored the effect of language and imagery on the children audience. While reading the material for this week, I thought I would like to write something about the influence of internet slang among young generation.
“If we look at this process we see that the individual, who develops, say, a particular style of expression, is either ignored by the peers or accepted by them. If he and his style are accepted, his style is taken over by the group, and in at least this sense it is no longer his.” (p.294)
Internet slang have popularized for a long time in contemporary society, especially among young generation. Among teenagers, internet acronyms are used in spoken as well as in written communications. For example, “LOL” meaning laugh out loud, “ROFL” meaning rolling on the floor laughing, and “4gt” meaning forgot. Other popular words also emerged rapidly via internet without any omens. On person develops a “new word” and disseminate it to the young generation through internet. Some of the words are quickly accepted by masses and then it becomes a kind of culture.
In my opinion, some popular internet slangs sacrifice their real meanings. The young internet slang culture could cause generation gap between older generations which is not favorable for communication. It’s also controversial while internet slangs are used in mass media, such as TV reporter uses popular words in the news report. What do you think about the impact of internet slang?