Digital Decorum Glossary

The lexicon of our digital age is constantly growing and expanding. “Text” and “facebook” have become well known verbs. I will admit that I’ve actually said “LOL” out loud before. The lingo of the digital world has transplanted itself into the non-digital is some very striking ways. Below I’ve given the definition (thank you Wikipedia!) to a few words that I think have a particular significance (one that is unfortunately negative) when it comes to digital decorum.

  • Fail Whale* – A user who uses Twitter “improperly”
  • Fisking** – point-by-point criticism that highlights perceived errors, or disputes the analysis in a statement, article, or essay.
  • Flaming – also known as bashing, is hostile and insulting interaction between Internet users.
  • Google bomb/Googlewashing – practices intended to influence the ranking of particular pages in results returned by the Google search engine, in order to increase the likelihood of people finding and clicking on selections in which the individual or other entity engaging in this practice is interested.
  • Hack – refers to the re-configuring or re-programming of a system to function in ways not facilitated by the owner, administrator, or designer.
  • Hate site – A website that uses hate speech. Most of these sites contain Internet forums and news briefs that emphasize a particular viewpoint.
  • Owned – originated among 1990s hackers, where it referred to “rooting” or gaining administrative control over someone else’s computer.
  • Shock site – a website that is intended to be offensive, disgusting and/or disturbing to its viewers, containing materials of high shock value which is also considered distasteful and crude, and is generally of a pornographic, scatological, extremely violent, insulting, painful, profane, or otherwise provocative nature.
  • Spam – the use of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately.
  • Troll – is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

 

Zero Tolerance to Spammers, Stalkers, & Trolls

(Graphic via Flayme shared via Creative Commons)

 

*This is a term I’ve made up and defined myself.

**This term was brought to my attention from my professor.


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3 Comments to “Digital Decorum Glossary”

  1. I’d add fisking, the point-by-point rebuttal—sometimes word-by-word deconstruction—of someone else’s post or article to this list of terms that have migrated from the blogosphere to ordinary use.

    Joe H

  2. Nice article, I had experience of this before but wasnt this is nice to know

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