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The Language of Online Life A word maven reflects on pancake people, cyberbalkanization, and other digital conundrums

The Language of Online Life A word maven reflects on pancake people, cyberbalkanization, and other digital conundrums

I think we're producing a race of people who are paper-thin—almost pancake people —who cover a lot of territory. —playwright Richard Foreman , 2003 A funny thing happened on the road to having information at our fingertips: The Internet disappeared. We now spend so much time surfing, listening, viewing, messaging, gaming, and tweeting that the Internet has quietly but decisively inserted itself into every corner of our lives. Instead of rattling noisily along the information superhighway, we now glide silently through cyberspace. Let's look at a few new words and phrases that describe some of the things we see along the way. During your online forays, you've probably come across your share of pancake people , who read broadly, but without depth. Internet pundits once feared an almost opposite phenomenon, cyberbalkanization —the division of the Internet into narrowly focuse...

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