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anarchic juvenile horror or standard written english

January 21, 2014

TechCrunch: “Such DFW. Very Orwell. So Doge. Wow.” by Jon Evans quotes George Orwell, “political writing is bad writing … Orthodoxy, of whatever color, seems to demand a lifeless, imitative style.” and explains:

increasingly, this is how Clinical Standard Written English sounds to the Reddit-reading masses: orthodox, lifeless, soulless, a parade of pale impersonal zombie words drained of blood by some linguistic vampire, if you’ll pardon the mixed horror-movie metaphor.

Mentions Sapir-Whorf’s hypothesis of linguistic relativity, David Foster Wallace, 4chan, reddit, nytimes and concludes:

…that’s why I welcome doge, and LOLcats, and every other atrocity visited upon the English language by the Internet. They’re anarchic. They’re juvenile. They’re a horrific mess. And they make it clear that we can and do shape the language however we want, rather than being shaped by it, for the sake of greater beauty, truth, and endlessly repetitive ironic comic gold. …

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