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Texting as a “miraculous thing”: 6 ways our generation is redefining communicationTexting as a “miraculous thing”: 6 ways our generation is redefining communication

Posted By Jessica Gross

Texting is not a blight on the English language, says linguist John McWhorter in today’s talk, given at TED2013. Rather, texting is a “miraculous thing”: a novel linguistic mode that’s redefining the way we communicate with each other — for the better. McWhorter points out that texting shouldn’t be categorized as written language –but as […]

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Tearjerker Ads Worth Spreading winner earns adoption rights for same-sex coupleTearjerker Ads Worth Spreading winner earns adoption rights for same-sex couple

Posted By Kate Welsh

Expedia’s remarkably moving short film, “Find Your Understanding,” tells the true story of man named Artie Goldstein and his journey to accept his daughter Jill Goldstein’s marriage to another woman, Nikki Weiss. As the world waits for the Supreme Court decision on the Defense Against Marriage Act, millions have viewed this socially-conscious ad online. But […]

Science

The language of dolphins: Denise Herzing at TED2013The language of dolphins: Denise Herzing at TED2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

A dolphin’s brain-to-body-weight ratio is second only to a human’s. They live complex social lives, can understand abstract concepts and even use tools. But as Denise Herzing asks in Session 8 of TED2013, “Do they have a language? If so, what are they talking about?” For 28 years, Herzing has been researching dolphins in the wild, spending five […]

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Coded Meaning: Speakers in Session 8 at TED2013Coded Meaning: Speakers in Session 8 at TED2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Communication in 2013 looks so different from what it ever has before. Will technology be the ruin of all that is good and true in language? We don’t think so. The speakers in this session explore how the future will bring even greater shifts in how we communicate — and it may well be for […]

Culture

5 talks that are all about lying5 talks that are all about lying

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The average person lies once or twice a day. And as Cornell psychology professor Jeff Hancock shares in today’s fascinating talk, given at TEDxWinnipeg, the anonymity and ambiguity of technology give us a whole new arsenal of ways to fib. He and his team have identified three new types of lies made possible by text […]