Be VERY Careful Using Social Media

Steve Borsch, Connecting the Dots, Mar 10, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The emphasis we place on a single word in a sentence can change the whole meaning of the sentence. This is because the meaning is based, in part, on the alternatives excluded by the sentence, snd these are contextually bound and indicated by emphasis. That's (one reason) why we say meaning is not contained solely in the sentence itself, but is distributed across an environment. This post is intended to be a cautionary note abut social media, but extends to the use of text generally. That's why I'll often indicate emphasis in posts, with either italics or *stars*.
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