Lost in Computer Translation
By: Biko N. Poindexter-Hodge (Intern)
We as human beings need to communicate with one another. There are several ways we communicate with one another such a touching, hugging, kissing, or by laughing, crying and yelling. We also communicate through telephones and cell phones. Nowadays we communicate through instant messenger, which is a format of having a conversation with a person through the computer with instant one on one conversation. You can even have multiple conversations with people on numerous instant messengers at the same time. There is also another new form of communication where you can see the person who you are talking to which is called “Video Chat”. With this new form of communication you can see what the person looks like and hear the person who you are talking too. There are chat rooms, which are open to the public, and you can talk to anyone in the whole wide world. But in chat rooms, you don’t have to tell your name or talk to people you don’t know. There are computer slang terms such as lol (laugh out loud), omg (oh my god), asl (age, sex, where you live), nm (nothing much) and several other computer slang terms. This computer language barrier is basically only to be familiarized with teenagers and young adults.
Millions of teenagers and young adults especially in middle and high school even college students use the Internet such as Myspace and Facebook as an open window of communication. For example, Facebook is a communication social network system that was created by college students that made was for them to let their parents know how they were doing since they were away at school. Then as years passed Facebook progressed into and open and nationwide social network in which anyone and everyone can communicate with one another whether you are in the United States and the other person is in Dubai, they can communicate with one another by writing messages on each other’s wall, send a picture to one another, etc.
The world of communication has vastly evolved and will continue to evolve throughout the years. The language of computers will constantly be reformed and will continue to change. People have adapted to so many ways of communicating through technology that we’ve somewhat lost the ability to have human contact. We mostly feel comfortable talking to a person face-to-face. Probably, pretty soon in the near future we won’t need cell phones, computers, Facebook, Myspace or Skype to chat.
Therefore, or maybe in the near future we will be able to communicate to one another telepathically or some other creative form of communication. Who knows what the future may hold, maybe news won’t be typed out, or printed out as newspapers. Maybe the information will sync to your brain through a chip. Who knows? But until then talking and word of mouth is the best and most sophisticated form of communication than mankind knows how to do correctly.