Simone Puterman: editor-at-large's profile on Bizcommunity
Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz) is currently editor-at-large of Bizcommunity.com. After majoring in psychology and linguistics at Rhodes University, and then completing her Honours in psychology, she has been in the world of B2B publishing since 1997 and at Biz since March 2006. Email her at . To submit press releases and contributor pieces, see How to contribute to Bizcommunity, from op-ed pieces to news | Submit news.
Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz) is currently editor-at-large of Bizcommunity.com.
After majoring in psychology and linguistics at Rhodes University, and then completing her Honours in psychology, she has been in the world of B2B publishing since 1997 and at Biz since March 2006 in the roles of senior sub-editor, assistant editor, managing editor and now editor-at-large.
A former IRC addict, Simone is passionate about computer-mediated communication and building communities, and has taken to social media like a duck to water. She also loves bright rainbow colours.
"The emergence of CMC slang can be attributed to the advent of mobile phones and the 160-character limit of an SMS that literally rendered many a text message at a loss for words."
This is incorrect.
Back in the early-to-mid 1990s, IRC (Internet Relay Chat/Challenge) hit South Africa, albeit at only certain universities which had internet access. IRCers used a lot of CMC slang - trust me, I was one of them.
Before IRC, there were the news groups which probably used CMC slang, and, before that, the BBS or bulletin board system which probably also used CMC slang (not part of my direct experience but I heard about BBSes from friends).
And before all of that, there was email...
But perhaps if you had written that SMSes and Instant Messengers (IMs) on cellphones caused an increase in the use of CMC slang, that would be more correct, although that is an assumption of mine, too.
PS CMC, in my experience, is an academic term. Where did you pick it up from?
Graeme, we asked the BCSA for comment on the new slogan and received a statement in response. We then asked a further question and received an answer (hence the "told Bizcommunity" in the sixth paragraph.