Posts tagged: vocabulary
n., the transhuman enthusiasm for neologisms, especially the creation of words with many prefixes
n., a transhuman or posthuman with a non-humanoid body
"A sense of shock felt by those who were not paying attention." [Michael Flynn, ANALOG, Jan 1990. Coined by Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, 1970]
adj., stylishly futuristic
A possible posthuman state where knowledge, mental modules and access to physical bodies can be shared between distributed infomorphs largely independent of the physical substrate of their world. Terms such as individuality become diffuse, and are replaced with teleological threads.
n., an artificial part of a cyborg (usage similar to ‘hardware’, ‘software’ and ‘wetware’)
n., similar to ‘hardware’, but denotes a biological system, most commonly the human nervous system
n., idly fantasizing about possible catastrophes (ecological collapse, full-blown totalitarianism) without considering their likelihood or considering their possible solutions and prevention
v., to do something that is both stimulating and relaxing
n., an awkward, gawky young man
n., a boastful and self-important person; a strutting little fellow
n., an animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.
—Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)
n., a person who shares too much online, particularly personal information
n., a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th
n., activism that uses a Twitter hashtag to promote a project or cause, particularly when it requires no other action from people
The advent of “hashtag activism" has been greeted with breathless claims about the birth of a new form of technology-based social movement. While such technologies can be extremely useful tools, they do not represent alternatives to the exhausting, age-old work of meeting people where they are, hearing their concerns, reaching common ground, building trust and convincing them that it is in their interests to act politically to change their circumstances.
—Eric Augenbraun, “Occupy Wall Street and the limits of spontaneous street protest,” The Guardian, September 29, 2011
As a reporter, I don’t sign up for various causes, but as someone who lives — far too much — in the world of social media, I can feel the pull of digital activism. And I have to admit I’m starting to experience a kind of “favoriting” fatigue — meaning that the digital causes of the day or week are all starting to blend together. Another week, another hashtag, and with it, a question about what is actually being accomplished.
—David Carr, “Hashtag Activism, and Its Limits,” The New York Times, March 25, 2012
n., the fear of being without your mobile phone or without a cellular signal
n., a time when the world’s population reaches a maximum, after which it steadily declines due to reduced birth rates or global shortages of energy, food, and water