Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pictures as lingua franca of the internet

Paleolithic lingua franca
A question is raised in a symposium…

Q: Could you tell us what is the lingua franca of the internet? English? Esperanto? GlobishBabel? 

A: Those are all word-based languages. But a lot of messages exchanged are now still images or video clips. The files are no longer just TXT but include anything delivered in JPEG or MP4. 

Sergey Brin while wearing Google Glass received a text message asking what he was doing. He sent a picture taken as seen through his glasses. He replied to the text message by sending a picture. As the number of graphic images sent by messaging increase, and the number of text-based messages decrease, is language exchange changing? Are some stories reverting to images?

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