Introduction: Media in Motion

In this chapter we are going to be looking at international English and the “media”.  But what does “The Media” mean?  The roots of this term go back to the 1800s, when newspapers were the first “medium” through which information could be conveyed to a mass audience. In the 1920s the term became plural – “media” – to cover the invention of new channels of mass communication such as radio and movies. Today, the term refers to a bewildering array of communication channels.

 

Read more in Access to International English, pp. 40-43. Then do the tasks in the textbook and on this website.

 

Links

Guide to Netspeak

http://www.noslang.com/articles.php

How the internet has influenced the English language (Guardian)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/oct/23/net-contributions-language

Internet: the early years (Guardian)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/oct/23/internet-memories-beginning-dialup?intcmp=239

Is English or Mandarin the language of the future?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17105569

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