Wednesday, December 08, 2004

He smiled ironically

It's not just me that hates emoticons : c

The online world has its own cliches and truisms, none so haggard as the belief that reliable written communication is impossible without frequent use of
emoticons, better known as the "smileys."


Irony, it seems, is like nitroglycerin: too tricky to be good for much, and so best left in the hands of fanatics or trained professionals.


It is as if the written word were a cutting-edge technology without useful
precedents. Some hackers actually go so far as to maintain, with a straight face
(:-I), that words on a computer screen are different from words on paper--implying that writers of e-mail have nothing useful to learn from Dickens or Hemingway, and that time spent reading old books might be better spent coming up with new emoticons.


Read it all at

Irony alert!: the emoticon at the end of the first sentence was used ironically; )

1 comment:

sic said...

Ugh! I thought I was the only person who hated emoticons. Glad to know that's not the case.

Am I still the only one who hates 'LOL'? I especially hate it when used in reference to one's own writing. It's like a laugh track. Don't tell me when to laugh; I can figure it out for myself.