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words and the internet.

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Have you got any internet-related words that you dislike or can’t seem to take seriously?  I sure as hell do, so here are some of them.

Webinar.  OK, so I understand that this is the internet.  And that the internet is the web.  And that sometimes there are seminars conducted over the web, so it’s absolutely logical to call such a thing a webinar.  This still doesn’t make this word any better.

Webisode.  See above.

To make a blog, to write a blog, wherein ‘blog’ means a singular post.  I can’t quite figure out why I dislike this so much, because I see nothing wrong with the expression ‘I blogged about it’.  But a sentence like, ‘I wrote a blog about buckwheat once’, makes me think of an epic niche venture discussing all the brilliant varieties of buckwheat and its preparation.

Pinteresting.  I’ve only seen it used once or twice.  Thank you, God.

And this is not exactly ‘internet words’, just a small rant about… about our general shift of perspective, I guess.  Remember those good old days when a phone was just a phone, and a computer was just a computer?  Now – and it’s especially apparent in Mac users – it’s an iPhone, or a Mac, or a MacBook pro or whatever it is that they’re all called.  You’ve not just dropped your phone, you dropped your BlackBerry, and it’s not a tablet you’re clutching, it’s an iPad.

Admittedly, I do this too.  I acquired a Kindle recently, and more often than not I refer to it as a Kindle, and not as an e-reader.  Mostly because an e-reader is yet another one of those words that annoy me slightly.  I suppose that’s because a reader is a word that’s in most instances used for a person who reads, with exception of school programme texts for a specific level or occasional anthologies.

But I wonder what it says about us as a culture or a society in general.  What seems like forever ago, we defined ourselves by being affiliated to a particular political party.  Even earlier it was belief or maybe a doctrine, secular or religious.  Then it was lifestyle, subculture.  And nowadays we’ve reduced ourselves to brands.  That’s the only loyalty we acknowledge, because everything else is not politically correct.  That’s the only affiliation we admit to, because everything else makes us feel insecure.

This was supposed to be a silly post on some silly made-up words.  It’s still a silly post, but writing it made me sad all of a sudden.

I just hope we won’t wage wars in the name of Microsoft and Google.

(Obviously none of the brands mentioned are sponsoring me.)

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Written by Alexandra

23 January 2013 at 12:11 am