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The exquisite weirdness of internet language is still one of my favorite things.
Yes, I love this! When I applied to do English at university I strongly considered researching and writing about internet language, and while I sadly never got around to it, it is so cool to observe and think about.
I read this article about the Spice Girls recently, which claimed that "because it all happened before social media, which enabled girls to organise into “fandoms”, there are no Instagram or Vine clips" (etc.). The author knows internet fandom existed in 1996, right? And "social media" is an unnecessarily vague term, but there were definitely places on the internet where people could talk to each other. It's not like there was just nothing until Facebook came along.
Today I found out that the other library assistant at my workplace is leaving, having been hired for a job which I saw advertised recently and strongly suspected he would go for. I will miss him as a person, but I am also freaking out a little; he has been there for about five years, compared to my one (I started full-time at the start of last September), and I still go to him with questions all the time. Now I will not have him around to go to for help, and we're probably going to get a replacement library assistant to whom I willbe the responsible, knowledgeable one. This is probably good news for my career (more responsibility!) but I am feeling pretty overwhelmed by it.
I love this.