Computer mediated communication is often said to be a third medium, which has brought on new ways of communicating as well as the ability to form new types of relationships that neither speech or writing have previously been able to facilitate (Crystal, 2006).

Many argue that online communication allows for shallow relationships, reclusiveness, and the “decay of language” (Sauter, 2014). However I find this view close-minded and somewhat classist. In my experience, I have more sided with the idea of online communication being an outstandingly good thing, agreeing with those who assert that it allows for more deep and meaningful relationships that can take place regardless of time or geographical distance (Valentine, 2006).

As Valentine (2006) argues, contemporary relationships such as those formed online are:

“…product of choice — based on pleasure and trust — rather than the product of the coincidence of location which characterized traditional neighborhood community.”

Meaning that, new media technologies are now allowing people to take more control over their relationships and the type of people that they engage with, regardless of the type of people that they are somewhat forced to interact with at school, work, or university, etc.

Baym (2010) also suggests that computer mediated communication has allowed for the abandonment of stereotypes and prejudices online, resulting in a detachment of the mind from the body. Simply put, on the internet, your mind is what matters the most. Which is why the concept of anonymity can be appealing to those who do not wish to be judged in the same way that they are in real life.

Speaking from my own experience, for a long time, I communicated online with many people online away from what I called my “real life” on Twitter. There, I was anonymous person. Nobody was allowed to know anything about me (save for my name) unless I wanted them to. There were no preconceived notions about who I was, or the type of person that I was, nor did I experience any of the subtle racism, sexism, whatever other –ism that I usually encountered in my “real life”.


(But really, nobody knew that I was a dog).
Image source.

And the same went for the people that I talked to; we didn’t know what each other looked like, or anything else other than what we shared (majority of those were anonymous too). It allowed us a much freer means of self formation, away from the preconceived notions of ourselves that came from other sites which were heavily rooted in “real life”, such as Facebook.

Twitter in particular also allowed us to create friendships via mutual follows and group conversations, unlike the awkward “Add Friend” features on Facebook, where it is considered inappropriate to add a person that you don’t know in “real life”. Features such as the (then new) #hashtag feature as well as the RT/Retweet functions also allowed for different ways of communicating with each other, aside from the standard tweet or @ mention.

Which is why I assert that computer mediated communication is an inherently good thing because it allows for new types of relationships to be formed that may not have existed otherwise. The erasing of geographical distance, and the eradication of synchronous time, allowed for everyone who wanted to talk to talk, when they wanted, and how they wanted, free from the pre-existing social boundaries of “real-life”.

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 Hypergolic Ignition of Various Compounds with Nitric Acid shows the ignition of powdered solid borane compounds with a drop of concentrated nitric acid. Reaction is completed within 10 ms of contact. The green color indicates the presence of boron.

See the original movie in glorious slow motion.

Credit: Stephen Heister, Timothee Pourpoint, Steven Son, Mark Pfeil, Jacob Dennis, and P. V. Ramachandran of Purdue University, via the Central States Section of the Combustion Institute


I managed to watch the new Blue Lagoon movie made in 2012. This one was about a bunch of American students going on a trip to Trinidad [the island I live on] to build a school for children and some of the stupid fucks snuck out of the hotel to go to a “Carnival boat party” and two of the students…

I don’t know this film but this is exhibit A on why research is important for all writers and directors. Shit like this is embarrassing and disrespectful.

Screenwriting tip

Avoid parenthetical instruction when writing dialogue wherever possible and only use it when you need it. The general consensus seems to be that for a 90 page script, you should only have 4 (if any) parenthetical instructions.


Because you’ll essentially be telling directors and actors how to do their job. The way that you put the words on the page should say enough about the emotional tone and the way that dialogue may or may not be delivered.

If you have developed your characters, story, and subtext enough, your meaning should come through without the help of parenthetical instruction.

Why your opening scene should be your best

Audiences and industry readers that read your screenplay will only have one first impression of your script, so make it a good one.

Opening scenes can (and should try to) do a number of things:

  • Capture the audience’s attention and immerse them in the story (what is this character’s world - and why do we care?)
  • Put the remainder of the film into context
  • Set the emotional tone of the film - this will raise expectations for the remainder of your film. You can work with these expectations, or you can subvert them later on for effect.
  • Allude to the genre of your film. Not always important, but helpful in putting your plot and characters into context.
  • Establish setting: time and place.

Think of your opening scene like a subliminal message to your audience that tells them what is to come. Opening scenes are crucial for any medium in screenwriting, however they are particularly important in short films as the audience has the option to click out of your (assumedly online) video at any time. More on writing for short films.

Hello! Tell me, would any of you know if such a website as I'm going to describe you exists? i'm looking for names for my characters, however, I'd like to choose their names in relation with their meanings. Therefore, I'd like a site where we could write a meaning (like "Protector" for exemple) and we would be given names whose meaning would come close to that. I've not found it yet, and I'm afraid I won't find it. Thought I'd give it a shot and ask here. Thank you in advance for your answer!



20,000 names has a categorized database (and search function) including a section called Character Trait Names.

Hope this helps!

- O

I have six days to develop and write a script breakdown (dot-pointed outline of the final script) for a short screenplay. Yelp me. Starting from the ground up as of today…expect some screenwriting posts this week as I sift through my notes and attempt to find inspiration (and procrastinate slightly).