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The coprolalia, copropraxia and coprographia of Twitter

Friday, 3 August, 2012

“Personally, I would prefer if, instead of pursuing individual tweeters, the police arrested Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter, and closed his network down. Actually, i wish they wud burn the Twitter founder in oil leave his carcass out for the buzzards. Seriously.”

It is the duty of the columnist to provoke and John Waters, columnist with the Irish Times, duly provokes today with thoughts on, mainly, Twitter in “Internet is debasing our public discourse“. He uses words such as “fetishism”, “fascism” and “coprolalia” when making the valid point that the wonderful new technologies, praise be upon them, are increasingly encouraging banality and evil. According to Waters: “There is something about the internet that provokes in many users utterly out-of-kilter responses towards events and other people, a form of episodic coprolalia that seems, for now, to be particular to the medium. It appears that a combination of anonymity and defensiveness causes users to revert to a form of pre-civilisation, in which a ‘kill-or-be-killed’ mentality comes to the fore.”

Lexis: coprolalia is involuntary swearing or the involuntary utterance of obscene words. Related terms are copropraxia, using obscene or forbidden gestures, and coprographia, making obscene writings or drawings.


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