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Always on
By Naomi S. Baron

Always on

Language in an Online and Mobile World

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Always on by Naomi S. Baron

Book Awards

  • Joint winner for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Book Award 2008.

Book Description

In Always On, Naomi S. Baron reveals that online and mobile technologies - including instant messaging, cell phones, multitasking, Facebooks, blogs, and wikis - are profoundly influencing how we read and write, speak and listen, but not in the ways we might suppose. Baron draws on a decade of research to provide an eye-opening look at language in an online and mobile world. She reveals for instance that email, IM, and text messaging have had surprisingly little impact on student writing. Electronic media has magnified the laid-back "whatever" attitude toward formal writing that young people everywhere have embraced, but it is not a cause of it. A more troubling trend, according to Baron, is the myriad ways in which we block incoming IMs, camouflage ourselves on Facebook, and use ring tones or caller ID to screen incoming calls on our mobile phones. Our ability to decide who to talk to, she argues, is likely to be among the most lasting influences that information technology has upon the ways we communicate with one another. Moreover, as more and more people are "always on" one technology or another - whether communicating, working, or just surfing the web or playing games - we have to ask what kind of people do we become, as individuals and as family members or friends, if the relationships we form must increasingly compete for our attention with digital media? Our 300-year-old written culture is on the verge of redefinition, Baron notes. It's up to us to determine how and when we use language technologies, and to weigh the personal and social benefits - and costs - of being "always on." This engaging and lucidly-crafted book gives us the tools for taking on these challenges.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195313055
ISBN-10: 0195313054
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 162mm x 26mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Naomi S. Baron

Words Onscreen by Naomi S. Baron Words Onscreen, Paperback (October 2016)

In Words Onscreen, Naomi Baron offers a fascinating and timely look at how technology affects the way we read.

Always on by Naomi S. Baron Always on, Paperback (March 2010)

Online and mobile technologies are profoundly influencing how we read and write, speak and listen, but not in the ways you might suppose. Always On draws upon a decade of research to reveal how instant messaging, cell phones, multitasking, Facebook, blogs, and internet search functions are reshaping social interaction and written culture.

Alphabet to Email by Naomi S. Baron Alphabet to Email, Paperback (April 2001)

Alphabet to Email explores the ever-changing relationship between speech and writing and considers the implications of current language trends on the future of written English.

Growing Up with Language by Naomi S. Baron Growing Up with Language, Paperback (September 1993)

Linguistics professor Naomi Baron applies her professional expertise to the study of how children master the skill of language, a book that is "not just accessible but actually enjoyable for the average reader . . . (with) useful information on how humans create speech and language" (Bloomsbury Review).

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Author Biography - Naomi S. Baron

Naomi S. Baron is Professor of Linguistics at American University in Washington, DC. A leading authority on language use in the age of the computer, she has studied instant messaging, text messaging, mobile phone practices, multitasking behavior, and Facebook usage by American college students. She is the author of six books, including Alphabet to Email: How Written English Evolved and Where It's Heading, and she has been interviewed on "Good Morning America," "20/20," Fox 5, CNN, Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The New York Times, Wire Magazine, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and more.

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