I find myself spending a lot of time on imgur. It fascinates me how much of the new language of young people is changing from words to pictures.
The world is a changing at a fast pace and our language needs to keep up with the language of images.
Where once upon a time, the only time when the average person cared about or used citations was in an English paper for school, we are now starting to see them pop up all over the place.
It is not terribly uncommon to find someone asking for a citation in a Facebook argument. It is even more common to see someone cite a debunking of a meme, on Facebook or G+ or any social media. That isn’t to say we have a lot of well educated populous politically. There are still a lot of people who will believe almost anything. There are also a lot of websites who are more than happy to create their own semi-legitimate proof of their own half-truths.
With the rise in the use of citing a source to prove a point, and the more visual aspects of the Internet, (imgur)we are actually seeing a change in the method of citation. In an English paper teachers still expect to use the traditional form of citations, APA, MLA, or Chicago style. On the other hand, on social Media and blog posts we more often see the hyperlink to another article as opposed to a bibliography at the end of the post.
Getting even more popular is the infographic, Pictochart, This will usually have a couple of citations written in small print at the bottom, but the modern writer still prefers inline citations, like hyperlinks. So the next invention that I have been seeing is the Thinglink.
Similar to a infographic the Thinklink can insert a pop-up for more information. Most of the time this is used to give someone more information, but I love the idea this author uses. He uses Thinklink to add citations to his writing.
So, the question is, “Is our education system keeping up with the changes?”