Wittgenstein explains why we always misunderstand each other on the internet


(Dave McClure) #1

Thought some of you might enjoy this article:

Wittgenstein explains why we always misunderstand each other on the internet

Wittgenstein’s philosophy also accounts for the disastrous state of Internet discourse today. The shift to online communication, textual interactions separated from accompanying physical practices, has had a persistent and egregious warping effect on language, and one that most people don’t even understand. It has made linguistic practice more limited, more universal, and more ambiguous. More people interact with one another without even realizing they are following different rules for words’ usages. There is no time or space to clarify one’s self—especially on Twitter.


(Jeff Atwood) #2

Since pretty much no one can agree on anything about Wittgenstein