I’ll give you the compressed version of this for now since I don’t have the bandwidth for more. If you are still interested, we can take this offline. And if you remain unconvinced that technology has changed our social intercourse, go to your desktop (not the flat wooden surface), bring up the dashboard (not the one in your car), click on the Dictionary icon (not the painting of Jesus) and look up “Technospeak”.
Long before Google entered the lexicon as a verb, most of us were aware that the technology filling our lives was also changing our language. It bends us and shapes us in countless ways and, most of the time, that’s all right. What’s often overlooked is that this influence flows both ways.
Consider the Twitter model of global, instant communication. The initial appeal was its stark simplicity – precisely what the designers were going for. It was the early adopters who added hashtags and retweets. Less is more, unless it isn’t enough.