The following post has two assignments namely;
1.Policy Creation and Validation System for Customer Edge Switching
Create an application on Linux and Android that will get all the information about apps install on the device such as local Ip address of device, local port of device, remote Ip address, remote
port, application name, Protocol used, Status of connection , signature of the apps etc.. All the valuable information to identify any apps. Identify malicious apps and report to our Customer Edge
Switching policy database. Create web platform for the user to set his own policy based on the connection data fetched in 1. For example, the user wants to drop any connection to WhatsApp between
10 am to 12 pm.
Create web platform to set policy for a single user for example user can say that he does not want to receive any message from this user.
2.Anne Curzan talk about the yearly vote by the American Dialect Society
In a previous module, you heard Anne Curzan talk about the yearly vote by the American Dialect Society for their ‘Word of the Year’ competition. Every year at the annual meeting of the Linguistic
Society of America, hundreds of linguists get together and vote on the word of the year.
In 2012, the winner was ‘Hashtag’ (press release).
In 2014, the winner was #BlackLivesMatter. Linguist Ben Zimmer noted in the press release that, “While #blacklivesmatter may not fit the traditional definition of a word, it demonstrates how
powerfully a hashtag can convey a succinct social message.”
In 2016, the winner was ‘dumpster fire’ and the voters in particular noted the emoji combination of ?? to denote the word. The full press release from ADS is available here. ADS defined ‘dumpster
fire’ as “an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation.”
In 2015, the Oxford Dictionary also chose the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji (?) as their word of the year.
In recent year’s these votes seemed to have been drifting towards nominating/choosing words of the year that look potentially less like the types of ‘words’ that we’ve been talking about here.
Based on some of the commentary provided in these press released / links from ADS and Oxford, I’d like you to think more about what constitutes a word, or when something becomes a word. Do you
think that hashtags can ultimately become words? What about emojis? What kinds of justifications did ADS and Oxford provide for their choices of the above ‘words of the year’? Does this challenge
how we’ve been conceiving words? Why or why not?