- Feb 2023
Internet ‘algospeak’ is changing our language in real time, from ‘nip nops’ to ‘le dollar bean’ by [[Taylor Lorenz]]
shifts in language and meaning of words and symbols as the result of algorithmic content moderation
instead of slow semantic shifts, content moderation is actively pushing shifts of words and their meanings
article suggested by this week's Dan Allosso Book club on Pirate Enlightenment
Where does the line exist for moving from coded language into the space of dog whistles and a "wink and a nod"?
Do these exist in all cultures?
What level is contextual?
- dialect creation
- coded language
- code switching
- content moderation
- a wink and a nod
- historical linguistics
- cultural taboos
- social media
- human computer interaction
- marginalized groups
- context collapse
- cancel culture
- cultural anthropology
- dog whistles
- Jan 2023
For the time being, my writing app of choice is Ulysses, but plenty of others are available—even, heaven help you, Micros✽ft W✽rd.
Multiple interesting things going on here with the use of "Micros✽ft W✽rd".
He's simultaneously: - Voldemorting the phrase to some extent so that it doesn't show up easily or at all in digital search. - He's visually marring the phrase to show active dislike of the software and its general use - By using the symbols, he's effectively turning the word into a form of profanity the way many have used the top row of symbols on typewriters to indicate swear words in the 20th century. Examples: sh@t, dmn, he!!, or any set of four symbols like &%^ to generally indicate a "four letter word" as many profane words typically have four letters.
- Dec 2022
Voldemortations of Elon's name: - Elmo - Elno - Melon - Melon Husk - Felon Muck