English and the Media

Created By: Breanna Mares

The Relationship

The Media has much to do with English because English is the communication in which the media is spread. In order for apps, entertainment, and the industry to make the money they want they need to know how flexible they want their career to be. Flexible? The Media uses English to get the English speaking people’s attention to their content. Many times when the media tries to get English speakers’ attention it fails so in order to continue to receive a great amount of money they will spread their content to Spanish, Chinese, and even many others. English is known to spread by having a very strong political, economic, and military dominant power. English is mainly in the United States, about 70% speak English as their mother-tongue. The United States receive about $100 million dollars a year. The Media industry made about $564 billion dollars from 2012- 2014. As shown, the United States and the Media make about the same total of money in a year. It shows how much these two are related because both are very significant. Especially with the new forms of technology being created year by year we can already see how English has changed and how the media interprets English now. We see many new aspects of English being formed because the media has created it.

“An alphabet soup of acronyms, abbreviations, and neologisms has grown up around technologically mediated communication to help us be understood” (Oxford Dictionaries).

Not only does the media make us write in 140 characters to avoid long paragraphs of run on sentences, overuse in commas, and horrid grammar, it makes us think before we say. Old English is very proper and overused. Many people who started speaking it in the birth of English used it improperly. Now that we have a restriction to our words we have a new way of thinking and speaking. Which brings new generations, words, and sadly less thought of the usage of English.
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How is English being used in the Media


Obviously, the only way people can speak to one another is to write and understand. For example, Twitter. This app has been an app that makes people think before typing. The 140 characters can go by quick, so in order to make sense and not sound ignorant on the everlasting internet they must, think. Oh, but there is a way to twist the English language to shorten it down. Many new words have been created because English and the media have collaborated to make new and “improved” words. Some words that have been created are “Y.O.L.O.”, “Fleek”, and “Turnt”. All these words are created by the media users. These word examples aren’t the tricky words to shorten your sentence but they are slang. Slang is “a type of language consisting of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people” (Oxford Dictionaries). The words that are made to shorten sentences are “Wyd”, “Btw”, and “Lol”. These can trick the 140 character counter but still be recognizable to many, and mostly teens reading. The one way formal English is still being used is from the older generations using technology. This is incredibly important because the young do give respect to the elders because it’s a way of being raised. In a way, older generations are keeping formal English alive in the media.
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How are they Different?

As we already saw the way English folds into the media let's explore the difference and how they are separated. The media is full of slang, foul words, and memes, so not the most appropriate and formal format. On the flip side, English is lead back to the 13th century. The young English was used in a time of very traditional setting. So already the difference is English is very formal and the media is new and non formal. Also Social Media is known for a new way that new generations communicate. When you speak to an adult or elder it will be completely different then when you speak to a friend because of the level of respect. While English is already spread to many countries, nations, and all types of people spoken in a very traditional manner. In a way many people will understand it is think of English as your grandfather, very traditional. Now think of the media as your Aunt/young sister, very “trendy”. Both have a different concept and a much different era, but both come together to complete the “family”, or communication. English and the Media both need each other to complete the way people communicate throughout the world.
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Why Did I Write My Task Like So?

The reason this task was written in a very formal and informative format was because the writer is a very formal and formative writer. A comical form of writing was thrown into the mix of formality because interest was wanted from all types of readers. Not only a want from all, but a giggle from all to bring joy. The English and the Media title can bring both aspects of the young and older readers because both will relate to either. Relationship between all is a great way to catch the reader's’ attention and inform in a very serious formal format. Especially writing on some things that are used everyday need to be very upfront in the title in order to snatch the reader’s attention. That is the reason this news article was written in a very formal and informative manner.

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