The illiterate in a multiliterate world (Episode 1)
It’s just struck me that i might be suffering from the illiteracy-in-a-multiliterate-world syndrome. Officially i’m a digital immigrant. I first went online in 1999. I’ve lived as a lurker most of my online life. It takes me a while to figure out the technicalities of a given platform. It takes me longer to reach out to community members. Let’s not forget i’m a nonnative speaker of the official language of online communities. I make embarrassing communication mistakes for lack of awareness of the pragmatics of social dialogue. And to top it all, i’m confused by all the emiticons & telegraphic language. Even when i venture to try them, i use them wrongly, not to mention embarrassing typos that strike me in the face after i’ve clicked the ‘send’ button. It’s such a merciless alienating world.