‘Internet language’ creates community — and creates division

If I started a sentence with “Ermahgerd,” misspelled “the” as “teh” or dropped a “1” in a string of exclamation points, and that sentence made sense to you — or even made you smile a bit — congratulations: You’re an Internet Person. And if you grimaced or winced, thinking those references dated or tragically unhip, you, too, are an Internet Person. Indeed, you are among the most Internet People: those who use the Web to build the same divisions we see in society.