A little research shows me that the earliest talk of the internet was in the 1960s. That is young, folks. And yet it has infiltrated every part of our lives today. You wouldn’t be reading this if that statement weren’t true.
So, let’s talk about the internet’s evolution in the AP Stylebook. For those of you who don’t know, the AP Stylebook is the bible of the communications world. Public relations professionals and journalists live by the rules of AP style. Its content ranges from grammar and punctuation to social media trends and relevant cultural jargon.
When the 2016 edition came out, I clapped my hands because AP style officially made it okay to spell internet with a lowercase ‘i’ and left the days of making ‘web’ and ‘page’ two separate words in the past.
While the average reader may view these things as trivial, this is a BIG deal to us nitpicky (look it up — page 193 in the AP Stylebook) word snobs. The AP Stylebook editors don’t pull their ideas from personal choice or thin air. These guidelines simply reflect what the editors see in the vernacular of us average Joes.
In a day and age where trends are changing rapidly, I am grateful for a root in AP style to guide my writing. And this change makes me appreciate the book even more. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that it felt outdated to say Internet, Web page, Web site, and so on every time I needed to reference those particular sects of technology.
The internet is quite a fascinating feat. It encompasses so many different tools and trades. When I look at the overarching category of technology, I start wandering into the world of social media, which brings Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and a host of other platforms into the conversation. Which opens a whole new can of worms in the AP Stylebook — social media guidelines — and that, my friends, is a story for another day.