Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language
Penguin Random House
Because Internet is a fascinating deep dive into how language has evolved as a result of the Internet. Author and linguist Gretchen McCulloch explains the history and cultural context of social acronyms (like LOL), memes and emoji. She discusses the reasons why people of a certain age text…like…this, and why people of another age don’t use capital letters when they text. More than anything, McCulloch helps the reader understand that language is constantly changing to help humans better communicate. In the age of the Internet, this is happening faster than ever, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.