21.407 computing's effects on popular language?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 06:59:40 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 407.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 20:51:55 +0000
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: computing's effects on popular language

Two examples (not from cognitive science) of how intimately computing
has affected the language we use:

(1) an advert on a bus for some insecticide that would "debug" your house;
(2) an unsolicited e-mail promising to change my "male device size".

The latter of these is grist for Ian Hacking's latest mill, for which
see "Our Neo-Cartesian Bodies in Parts", Critical Inquiry 24 (Autumn
2007): 78-105.

Other examples? Until now I thought that scanning the spam I get was
without its rewards. I now know differently.


Willard McCarty | Professor of Humanities Computing | Centre for
Computing in the Humanities | King's College London |
http://staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/. Et sic in infinitum (Fludd 1617, p. 26).
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