IRL: What Does That Mean These Days?

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Jo White at MediaMum asks a powerful question about what "real life" really is in an interconnected Internet age. Is your real life only those people you meet face to face, or is it changing? Jo says,

For years it’s been common to refer to IRL (in real life) as the alternative to online. Phrases such as “I’d love to meet IRL” were grounded in ages-old (in internet years) communications on forums and early bulletin boards. It’s used as much today as it was then, but I find myself using it less and less as a way of differentiating between online and offline.

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