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Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Netymology


So a few weeks ago, some of you might have seen that I accepted Tom Chatfield’s challenge to write a poem featuring some words from his new book Netymology.

Having now finished the book, I should also tell you that it’s a very good read indeed. Over the course of his exploration of 100 words from digital culture, you’ll learn a jolly lot – what a Dyson sphere is, for example, how Hotmail was named so, how you can put emotions into your otherwise non-physical communication – and not just where the words have come from. As such, it functions as an alternative guide to the internet and not something you’ll be saying ‘TL;DR’about.

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