“Like the decentralized network of websites and machines that make up the internet itself, language is a network, a web. Language is the ultimate participatory democracy. To put it in technological terms, language is humanity’s most spectacular open source project.”
Last year I read Because Internet: Understanding how Language is Changing by Gretchen McCulloch (Vintage, 2019). An impecably researched history of the internet and our internet communication. I thought Linguistics was more about speech, but we do more writing than speaking online. (And reading a couple of linguistics books recently, historical speech is often only recorded in writing.) I had quite the nostalgia trip remembering my life online from 1997 til the end of time. That makes me a Full Internet Person – I’m enmeshed and can never escape.