is that the war, or the war on?


series of tweets advertising a discussion, the exact meaning of which was unclear to me:

Tune in to Crikey Live at 12.30pm today. @BernardKeane, @BarrettBrownLOL & @mpesce will discuss the War on the Internet

i want to know whether that is the war ON the internet (in which case i’d be interested), or
the War [on the internet] (in which case i’d not).

so, maybe they should see if a Circumstance can be moved.
like, “On the internet, live at 12.30 pm today,@BernardKeane, @BarrettBrownLOL & @mpesce will discuss the War.”

but of course, even without grammar, we can use our brains, right?
i mean, which ‘war’ are we talking about here?
when someone uses presuming reference, then there must only be one item being referred to that we are all aware of.
so, as this is not the case wrt wars all over the place these days, it must not be one of those geographically-located wars with people getting killed and so on.

also, why say they’d be discussing anything on the internet? when it is clear where they’d be discussing it anyway. nobody says ‘on the internet’ in a tweet to remind people that the discussion will not take place, say, on the radio, or on t.v. or in a newspaper.

so, i’ve answered my question, and i should tune in.
except, i was not aware there was a war on the internet.
is there? who is waging it? why?
clearly, i am in need of information.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

    Nov 15, 2011 @ 11:58:42

    Has someone declared a war on the internet?
    Now I understand what it means to declare a war on drugs.
    I had previously assumed ‘on’ meant ‘against’ in these circumstances.

  2. eldon
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 20:59:34

    or, a war on terror.

    um, i thought war was a form of terror…

  3. eldon
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 21:38:47

    here we go, check this out.
    i’m still not sure…

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