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uncle ebeneezer
06-06-2009, 05:10 PM
My feeling is that this sort of thing would have never caught on without adding a requisite "the" at the beginning:

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2009/06/internet-before-the-definite-article.php

bjkeefe
06-06-2009, 05:24 PM
My feeling is that this sort of thing would have never caught on without adding a requisite "the" at the beginning:

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2009/06/internet-before-the-definite-article.php

Heh. It sure does sound funny to omit the the.

Somewhat related: have you seen this even earlier vid (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2009/04/nobody-could-have-predicted.html)?

bjkeefe
06-06-2009, 05:27 PM
P.S. Meant to say thanks -- I love stuff like this.

uncle ebeneezer
06-06-2009, 06:36 PM
OMG!! Awesome. The best part is at the end when they point out that the Newspaper industry won't have anything to worry about anytime soon. Sure it took 28 years, but the irony of reading that today...

I also loved the big red rotary phones. I thought only Reagan (and Batman) got to use that phone!!

I also loved in the CBC link at the point about how there's very little name-calling on Internet. Oh how things have changed.

bjkeefe
06-06-2009, 06:51 PM
OMG!! Awesome. The best part is at the end when they point out that the Newspaper industry won't have anything to worry about anytime soon. Sure it took 28 years, but the irony of reading that today...

I also loved the big red rotary phones. I thought only Reagan (and Batman) got to use that phone!!

I also loved in the CBC link at the point about how there's very little name-calling on Internet. Oh how things have changed.

Heh, yeah.

Regarding the phone: A little more than a decade ago, I was driving in LA, headed to meet up with some friends at some event. I had their son in my car and I tossed him my cell phone and asked him to call his parents and get directions to where we were supposed to be going. This kid, AJ, at the time eight, has Asperger's Syndrome, and one of the ways it manifested at that time was in an obsession with maps. Kid was a walking talking Thomas Guide, no exaggeration. So, I knew he would absolutely nail getting verbal directions, improving on them, and passing them along to me.

Anyway, he had some trouble getting through at first (back in the '90s, cellular coverage was really hit or miss in LA). We drove out of some mountain pass and I asked him, "You got dial tone now?" He answered in the affirmative, made the call, got the directions, everybody happy.

It occurred to me a few minutes later that he hadn't blinked when I said dial tone, that he knew exactly what I meant. I asked him if he knew where the term came from. I forget what he answered, but my next question was, "AJ, have you ever used an actual dial phone?"

That made him break into peals of laughter. "No. I saw one once, but I wasn't allowed to touch it."