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Texting Terms from Bexting to Zexting

Texting Terms from Bexting to Zexting

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I like making up words and so many of us are on our cellphones these days – that I was inspired to make up my own texting lingo. This isn’t a selection of acronyms (although that might be fun to do next time), rather it’s every day things we do and how we’ve fused them into our texting. Please enjoy my textionary so far — I’ll add more when I think of them. And if you have any ideas for other texting terms to add – send me a note and I’ll post them up. 🙂

Bexting

Beg + Texting = Bexting. This happens when you suddenly need a large favour, like let’s say babysitting for Friday night which is tonight, and you know it’s kind of a big thing to ask someone. So, you send a text instead of calling because it’s easier to ask through a text and hopefully easier for the person to say ‘no’ to as well. As a receiver of a bext, you are within your rights to ignore bexts like this: “Plz babysit my kids 2night. Can I borrow your car and $50? Sorry about the accident last time. Won’t happen again & going to pay you back $500 I owe you real soon. Love you!” That brings me to my next term…

Ignexting

Ignore + Texting = Ignexting. That’s when you get a text you don’t want to deal with. Like someone wants to switch a shift at work so you’ll have to work Friday and Saturday. Ignexting means waiting until the appropriate time when it would be too late to help them out. Then it’s safe to send a text saying something like, “So sorry, left the phone in my car.” Or you can even choose to never respond to the text, as if someone how it magically got lost in the ‘celliverse’ and you never received it.

 

kids at playgroundParexting

Parenting + Texting = Parexting. This is when you’re supposed to be parenting your child and instead you are on your phone texting or playing a video game. This is often most noticed by others when your kids are on the playground. Parexting is fine, so long as your eyes do peep up once in awhile to make sure your kids are still at the playground and not setting it on fire.

Fexting

Fight + texting = Fexting. This is when you have an argument via your phone, usually with a significant other or family members. It’s a great option to have versus an out-and-out blowout that wakes the neighbours. The loudest a fext gets is capitalized letters. I like resorting to creative emoticon combinations. The pooh and pants often go nicely together.

Hexting

Hide/Hex + Texting = Hexting. This is when you don’t want to talk to someone or you wish you could hex them to stay away permanently. Hexting happens when you use your phone to hide from someone in plain sight. Suddenly you start tapping madly on your phone as if there is nothing more important than the message you are working on – you type as if you are in the middle of brokering world peace and putting an end to world poverty. In reality, all you’re doing is typing gibberish in your notes.

 

Yellow sticky notesRemexting

Reminding + Texting = Remexting. This is when you send reminders of events coming up or simple chores you need loved ones to remember. By the time you are resorting to remexting, it’s because you are tired of giving verbal notices. Remexting has an added advantage because it provides you with evidence if the receiver of the remext says, “You never told me.” Then you can give them a genuine smiley-emoticon-in the-flesh smile and say, “Check your message history.” Remind them again to do what the text says – if still possible.

Vexting

Vexed/Vent + Texting = Vexting. This is when something crappy has happened and you need to vent right away. Cut and paste the same message to all your friends so you can get all the support you need to deal with this vexting-worthy situation.

Whexting

Whine + Texting = Whexting. This is similar to vexting, but the concerns you text about are more trivial. Like you have to go to a meeting and you really don’t want to. Whine. Sigh. Moan. Whext.

Zexting

ZZZ + Texting = Zexting. You resort to zexting when you are fighting to keep your eyes open at said meeting or other important boring event. You can zext to fight off boredom or where you do not want to be caught slumped over and drooling.

Fixing News Instead of Breaking News

Fixing News Instead of Breaking News

What would our world be like if we had fixing news instead of breaking news?

This thought hit me while I was watching a commercial for a TV news station. Flashing on the screen were graphic and tragic scenes that happened in peoples’ lives around the world. The news anchors were talking about how they were there when things happen – busy getting us the information we need to know. They were selling to viewers that they were informed, dependable and the go-to-station for all the breaking news.

If it Bleeds, it Leads

And there is something heartbreaking about that. Their commercial featured shot after shot of someone else’s pain. Someone’s bad memories were getting thrown up repeatedly on TV Land to encourage people to watch their program. If it bleeds, it leads. If it bleeds, it sells commercials. Should we care how this impacts the person who did the bleeding? Who could still be bleeding?

Important to Be Informed

Now, I think it is important to know what’s going on in the world. If there are injustices or problems highlighted for all to see, then people can take action and work to make a difference. Investigative journalism is the ideal, but it’s harder to come by these days. The legalese and paper trail of corruption doesn’t look as good on screen as a house on fire.

News is Business

News is supposed to be the unbiased, unvarnished truth of what’s happening in our world. But news stations are businesses. They need to advertise and to have good ratings. They need people to tune in and stay tuned. This impacts the stories they follow.

There is always a bias because of the need to ‘sell’ their news shows. A bias towards the sensational. A bias that makes the pain of others a product to sell. And there is something scary about that. We are the consumers who supposedly want this and are eating it up. A crunchy bowl of Newsios. But is it good for us?

Observers Only?

News crews film as ‘witnesses’ to what is happening. We, the ‘audience’, sit at home and watch these snippets of pain happening around the globe. But are we doing anything about it? Or are we feeling overwhelmed by all the terrible things happening in our world? Have we become a culture of “snap it and post it” to get the most hits – and nothing else?

Alternate Universe with Fixing News Stations

What if things were different? What if we lived in a world with fixing news stations that not only looked at a problem, but worked on solving that problem right away. It could be as simple as bringing blankets, food and other supplies to people in need after an earthquake or a bomb. Or maybe it would mean a team of the best problem solvers in the world being flown in to see what they could do to make things better with regards to a more complex or controversial issue. Their process would be recorded and shared with the public. The public would be invited to get involved.

I know a lot of our problems are systemic and would require something like an international overhaul of how we do business, yet the concept of a fixing news station just makes me smile. I’d love a news station that was a beacon of change – that showed we don’t have to be passive observers. Instead of just watching things break, why not fix things? I imagine a station that is making the world better, one news story at a time.

Postmedia Takeover Could Lead to Post-Mortem on Quality Journalism

Scary News

Here’s something scary just in time for Halloween. Having one company holding the majority of our media like an overflowing bag of candy they can’t wait to eat up. The quality of journalism is already dying. Now I fear the zombie news apocalypse is upon us! I’m speaking tongue-in-rotting-cheek, but the feeling of horror is real.

Postmedia Takeover Could Lead to Post-Mortem on Quality Journalism

Quebecor is ready to hand over 175 English-language newspapers to Postmedia for $316 million. As far as big business is concerned, this can be seen as a win-win for both companies. The losers in all this will be some 35 million Canadians. We will be losing out on quality and diversity in our news as a country. No matter what the company promises, good business practices will naturally (or unnaturally depending how you look at it) lead to the demise of quality journalism.

The Sun Would Shine Across the Country for Postmedia

Some would say look on the bright side, the sun would shine for Postmedia in a national frenzy. With this sale, Postmedia would own the Vancouver Sun, the Edmonton Sun, the Calgary Sun, the Winnipeg Sun, the Ottawa Sun and the Toronto Sun. It would also take hold of the 24 Hours dailies in Vancouver and Toronto. But that’s not all, Postmedia would be the owner of the websites for all these newspapers.

Postmedia to Control Nearly All the English-language Canadian Papers

Here’s an excerpt from CBC reporter Pete Evans’ online story on October 6th, 2014, “If it goes through as announced, the deal would mean Postmedia, which was built out of the ashes of the former CanWest media empire, would control just about every major English-language newspaper in Canada that isn’t based in Toronto (the publishing home of the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail).”

Good Business Model Spells the Ruin of Quality News

This is scary because it would be so easy for Postmedia to just have the same news stories in all these newspapers all coming from a central hub. Throw in a few local stories and then you’re done. You wouldn’t need nearly as much staff –  think of the cutbacks, think of the savings! Taking these steps would seem perfectly rational and be extremely profitable from a business point of view.

Dreams of a News Utopia

Idealist that I am, I would like news to be truly about keeping people informed about what is happening in the world. I like that olden day image of detective-like journalists snooping about and being critical to uncover the truth of serious and meaningful issues. Things like investigative journalism are falling to the wayside for much cheaper choices like rewriting email news releases sent out by the government.

To have good quality news costs a lot of time and money and this goes against a business model which is to spend as little as possible on the product and sell it for the same price or higher. Sigh. Zombie News Apocalypse. The road to hell is paved with good business intentions.

We Want Many Voices, Not Just One

Normally we think of third world countries when we think of the lion’s share of the media being held in the hands of one controlling interest. If this deal goes through, we will be getting all our news filtered through the same sieve, the words written from the same hand, spoken from the same mouth all across Canada. The same advertisements will be pumped cross country online and in the papers. If all the papers are saying the same thing, how can it not be true? What a great way to control how people see and think about the world then having only one source for news.

Check Out Alternative News and Blogs

If you haven’t already, you may want to start investing your time into checking out smaller independent newspapers and blogs. Look for variety and indepth research in new stories. Root out media that makes sure different perspectives are represented in news coverage. Look micro-locally and look globally to find news sources that can offer you quality information.

Scary news times are already upon us. It’s never too late to start preparing for the Zombie News Apocalypse.