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BLOGGING IN CAPITAL LETTERS: YES OR NO?

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PEOPLE WHO WRITE SENTENCES IN CAPITAL LETTERS ARE ANNOYING AND HAVE AN IMMATURITY LEVEL OF AGE 5, TWEETED JEFF ESPOSITO TO ME LAST NIGHT.

WOULD I READ A BLOG POST IN ALL CAPS, HE ASKED ME HERE. I RESPONDED THAT I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO RESPOND AS I HADN’T COME ACROSS BLOG POSTS IN ALL CAPS. I SAID I WOULD WRITE ONE. THIS IS IT.

BY BROADENING THE DISCUSSION BEYOND BLOGS AND INTO WEBSITES, I AM REMINDED OF LONG BLOCKS OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER ALERTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

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HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-CHESHIRE NH-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-
WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-EASTERN KENT RI-BRISTOL RI-
WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-BLOCK ISLAND RI-
410 PM EDT TUE JUN 1 2010

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN
CONNECTICUT…CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS…EASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS…NORTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS…SOUTHEASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS…WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS…SOUTHERN NEW
HAMPSHIRE…NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND.

.DAY ONE…TONIGHT.

ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH THIS EVENING…
MAINLY IN SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS. DAMAGING WINDS ARE THE MAIN
THREAT…ALONG WITH LOCALIZED URBAN FLOODING AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING…
AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT APPROACHING FROM THE GREAT LAKES. DAMAGING
WINDS APPEAR TO BE THE MAIN THREAT.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

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IMAGINE IF YOU RECEIVED THIS ALERT IN YOUR EMAIL INBOX.

EMAIL MESSAGES WITH CAPITAL LETTERS INVOKE A SENSE OF “SHOUTING” OR “OVEREMPHASIZING A POINT” TO THE READER, INSISTS MELISSA KONG.

ONE TYPE OF ELECTRONIC MAIL MESSAGE IS THE TELEGRAM. TELEGRAM MESSAGES MUST BE COMPOSED IN CAPITAL LETTERS. DO TELEGRAMS SHOUT AT THE READER? IS THIS SENTENCE?

I NEED TO READ MORE BLOG POSTS WRITTEN IN CAPITAL LETTERS TO FORM A BETTER RESPONSE FOR JEFF AS TO WHETHER I LIKE READING BLOG POSTS IN CAPITAL LETTERS.

ONE PLACE I WILL LOOK IS THE BLOG OF 60-YEAR-OLD OKLAHOMA RESIDENT MIKE DUDLEY, WHO SHARES HIS OPINIONS IN CAPITAL LETTERS TO THE DELIGHT OF READERS WHO COMMENT IN SCORES EVERY TIME HE WRITES SOMETHING NEW.

IF HIS READERS DON’T MIND CAPITAL LETTERS, HOW ABOUT YOU?

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CAPS ACROSS ONLINE MEDIA, BE IT TWITTER OR FACEBOOK UPDATES, YOUTUBE COMMENTS, EMAIL MESSAGES, OR BLOG POSTS LIKE THIS?

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