A citizen of the world…….wide web

Posted by on Aug 24 2011 | Content Writing, Copywriting

Philosophers and social analysts have always wondered how we would react if we weren’t directly facing the consequences of our actions, if we could all hide behind a curtain of anonymity. Their curiosity was satisfied by the technological phenomenon called the internet. Hidden behind proxies and firewalls, people you thought were affable became miserable and thus a creature was born that was so vile that people gave it a name straight from mythology, a Troll.

As a content writer, it’s imperative that you be a good citizen of the internet. It is quite easy to forget etiquettes and become a troll by accident. A word or a sentence off and you could be lynched by a mob of pitchfork wielding villagers. Keep in mind that homographs exist, so words can have different meanings. Keep that in mind before you decide to describe a famous tailor as a fine sewer.

When content writing, be careful not to get carried away and start using socially unacceptable forms of words, or words which may be racist, homophobic and so forth. Tread carefully if you wish to remain a good citizen of the internet.

Remember that when you are content writing, you are providing a service for the people. Try to make your content fluid so as to avoid frustrations. Your content should be easy to understand and relevant to most of the people on the internet or at least your targeted audience. Nobody visiting a funeral website will want to know about the joys of life.

Your best bet is to stay informative and to the point. Just do your research and stick to the facts, after all, truth is what is common among all cultures. Bear in mind that being a good citizen on the internet is the same as being a good citizen in the real world. Just realise that all your actions will have consequences, so tiptoe carefully around the minefield that is language. You never know how big that explosion may be.


9 comments for now

9 Responses to “A citizen of the world…….wide web”

  1. Shalini

    nice blog shrey- interesting take on how the language has a mind of its own and needs to be tempered for the WWW

    24 Aug 2011 at 4:23 am

  2. Kritica

    Understandably… content writers would not engage in trolling unless they are not worried about losing their job! ;)

    24 Aug 2011 at 4:26 am

  3. Sid

    Nice one dude!!! I must say your insight on the internet citizenship has been absolutely crystal clear. Thanks for giving us such a interesting picture of internet citizenship.

    24 Aug 2011 at 4:27 am

  4. sonam

    Good citizens on internet, good one. Hope the writers realize the impact of distortion of facts on the readers. :)

    24 Aug 2011 at 4:36 am

  5. Mikhil

    The Internet troll’s modus operandi revolves around the stirring the pot to invite scandalized comments from readers. However, responsible internet citizenship balances upon relevant content and contributions, not cussing half the population of Tibet (saw this on a blog recently)!

    24 Aug 2011 at 4:41 am

  6. isha

    though everyone has the right to exercise their human right of speech but with a powerful social medium like internet, one should be cautious with the words.. it aptly justifies ‘with power comes responsibility’

    24 Aug 2011 at 5:11 am

  7. thanks guys! it’s all about accidental trolling while writing an article. write something wrong and you could start a flame war. most of the problems can be traced back to the language itself. its a funny language in which noses run and feet smell.

    24 Aug 2011 at 5:17 am

  8. Interesting analogy. You make a valid point shrey.

    24 Aug 2011 at 5:52 am

  9. sonam

    well said Shrey!

    24 Aug 2011 at 5:55 am

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