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Laconic Canadian narration: The case of vodka text

This York University video demonstrates a classic Canadian style of narration, carefully restraining all indicators of excitement or interest:

The video is titled “York Researchers send a text message using vodka,” It pertains to research reported in a newly published study:

Tabletop Molecular Communication: Text Messages through Chemical Signals,” Nariman Farsad, Weisi Guo, Andrew W. Eckford, PLoS ONE 8(12): e82935. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.008293, epub December 18, 2013.

If you read the study, you may notice that the authors exclude any mention of vodka.

They also omit any indication of excitement, with the exception of the phrase “the transmission rates can be significantly improved by using better fans”.

BONUS (quasi-related): “Canada’s Science Communication Problem (and Two Things That Could Change It)” (HT @ShipLives)


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