The World Wide Web is a proper noun, as is the Internet.
Lowercasing Internet implies that more than 1 decentralized global network based on TCP/IP exists.
While it’s fair to say that there are networks of networks within other countries or within government agencies, the Internet is a distinct way of connecting servers and other devices together.
As long as we cannot point to multiple internets, there can be only one.
“The internets?” Nope. The AP is as wrong today as they were in April. :)
I know that it would be hard for the AP to walk this back, but I think it suggests a profound misunderstanding of what makes the Internet different, how it works or why.
Given the profound respect I have for the AP and its staff, I remained disappointed about the decision, along with what it will mean for thousands of journalists who take their lead (or lede) from their style guide.
I love visiting the U.S. National Archives. I’m humbled every time and honored to talk with David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, when there’s an opportunity.
In July, I reflected upon how the national creed preserved there belongs to all Americans.
To be an American is to know our history, from slavery to civil war, and honor the patriots who defeated fascism to extend equal justice to all.
To be an American is to know that our rights can never be taken for granted, nor can injustice to one be tolerated lest it be extended to all.
To be an American is to know we have always been a country of immigrants, of second chances, of parents sacrificing to give children their shot.
To be an American is to embrace self-government of, by and for the people, which requires requires more of us as citizens than a biennial vote.
To be an American means putting aside party for patriotism, whether we serve with those who put out fires, heal the sick, or mete out justice.
Our shared history also includes racism, rage & ignorance. Social fabric can be ripped and undone by demagogy. Civil rights suspended by fear.
I am proud to be an American because we have overcome fear and injustice in the past. I’m humbled to stand with all who protect and serve today.
Our times ask more of us than apathy. Be informed. Be engaged in a community. Be kind. Volunteer. Serve. And vote.