Micro Lingo How have texting, internet slang, and emoticons changed the way we write, speak, and communicate with others?

Watch the video below, then consider the questions that follow it and share those as a class.

What was your biggest takeaway from this video? What part of this video struck you the most? Why? What aspect of this video do you want to know more about? Why?

Consider the Magazine cover below.

Consider how new tools are changing the ways that the world communicates. Share your thoughts on why this cover was not published by The New Yorker magazine.

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW, THEN CONSIDER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOW IT AND SHARE THOSE AS A CLASS.

What do you think is Weird Al's overall message in this video?

Are there any examples of communication in his video that you recognize in your interactions with others?

How does your communication differ between speech, text, and writing?

How would you define a word crime? Are there particular ones that bother you?

Many people have claimed that our grammar and spelling are getting worse because of Internet lingo, spell checkers, and grammar checkers. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

How does the way a person communicates shape your impression of that individual? Is this different when comparing online and offline situations? How about when thinking about different settings (e.g., at school or at work) or with different people (e.g., your friend or your teacher)?

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Language has always had what linguists call markers of empathy, such as an exclamation symbol. What markers do you see in texting?

Recognizing angry or happy faces has been theorized as a survival trait. How do you think emoticons or ;) symbols in text promote or hinder that survival?

What are the downsides of texting versus directly talking to someone face to face?

Emoticons have been termed to be a new language. Would you agree? Why or why not?

Does the use of new communication tools, such as texting and emoticons, hinder or enhance your ability to express yourself to others?

Is there a difference between writing and speech? How does texting blur those lines or help to define them?

Read the Article Below and Share Your Thoughts with Your Peers.

Can You make sense of the Chevrolet Press Release from 2015, below?

What are your reactions from seeing this press release in emoji?

Do you understand it? Do you think that it’s an appropriate use of “modern” communication methods?

Would you, in a professional setting, ever choose to use emojis to communicate an idea? If so, what emojis would you choose to use and which ones would you avoid using?

Based on your responses above, read the article below and share your reactions to it.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts today regarding the impact of modern communication methods and the way it is shaping how we will use formal and informal speech in the future!

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Seth Slater
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Created with images by StockSnap - "people woman friends" • mecredis - "Eustace Emoji" Micro lingo. (2016). Common Sense Digital Bytes. Accessed August 23, 2017. Retrieved from: http://digitalbytes.commonsensemedia.org/

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