publication . Article . 2002

Electric Symbols: Internet Words And Culture

Fraim, John;
Open Access English
  • Published: 03 Jun 2002 Journal: First Monday (issn: 1396-0466, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago University Library
Abstract
The famous Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis posits a linguistic determinism arguing language plays a central role in creation of a worldview. In the sense that language is a product of words, one can say that a culture's worldview is affected and influenced by the words of its particular language. Words both create and communicate worldviews. The greatest potential in history for the observation and analysis of words exists on the Internet. Indeed, the Internet can be considered history's greatest observatory and laboratory of words.
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