Neil Postman's Technopoly: The Surrender Of Culture To Technology

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In the first chapter of his book, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, published in 1992 , Neil Postman explains that any new technology can be both a burden and a blessing. However, a newly introduced technology, he notes, may only be an “improved means to an unimproved end” (Thoreau qtd. in Postman 6). An invention’s function follows its form, where the structure of the new technology determines how people use it. And once it makes its way into society, it “plays out its hand” (Postman 7), and the consequences are no longer under anyone’s control. Also, while new technology brings new vocabulary into a language, it also can change and redefine old terms and concepts, usually without anyone noticing. Twitter is an online social networking service that has grown to a global scale. In 2006, it was created for people to be able to share short blurbs of information with each other, and it has done its job quite well. However, like most technologies, there comes consequences, good and bad, that many didn’t intend, or expect, to happen. Twitter has greatly affected the world, and society as a whole, as it affects everything from the news to even how we think. Twitter started off as just a small…show more content…
Because of Twitter, new words, such as “tweet” and “twittering”, have entered into our dictionaries and mental lexicons as actual words. And it has also changed the meaning of other words, like the number sign. Before Twitter, the number sign was used for just that, to represent a number. But now, it is used to mark keywords or topics. The use was created by Twitter to help categorize messages, but it has grown to a global trend that generally all medias use. And lets not forget about the “text language”, where the majority of words are abbreviated to just a few short letters. With the limit of 140 characters, these abbreviations have become, in a way, new words

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