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Approximately 30 million people world-wide use the Internet and on-line services daily The Net is growing exponentially in all areas and a rapidly increasing number of people are finding themselves working and playing on the Internet The people on the Net are not all rocket scientists and computer programmers they are graphic designers teachers students artists musicians feminists Rush Limbaugh-fans and your next door neighbors Even though the net is being used by diverse and different group of people they all have a common bond language It is this bond that they will be able to communicate over the internet In this essay I will define the different types and styles of Netspeak the language that is used on the internet as it is used today on all of the different on-line service providers The Net community exists and thrives because of effective written communication all you have available to express yourself are typewritten words If you cannot express yourself well in written language you either learn more effective ways of communicating or get lost in the shuffle The ingenious way people are beginning to communicate over the Net is amazing Netspeak is evolving on a national and international level The technological vocabulary once used only by computer programmers and elite computer manipulators called Hackers has spread to all users of computer networks The language is currently used by people on the Internet and is rapidly spilling over into mainstream advertising and business The words on-line network and surf the net are being utilized frequently in newspaper and television If youre like most Americans youre feeling bombarded by Netspeak Television advertisers newspapers and international businesses have jumped on the Information Superhighway bandwagon making the Net more accessible to large numbers of not-entirely-technically-oriented people As a result technological jargon is entering into non-technological communication For example even the archaic UNIX command grep an acronym meaning Get REpeated Pattern is becoming more widely accepted as a
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