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Jul 21, 06 06:14 PM

The Emoticon: a Bummer, but a Necessity?

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I bummed this dude out. Perhaps a : ) would have saved the day.

(pix ganked from listener Chuck Hucklebuck)

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I use smileys, aka emoticons, aka : ), all the time. For some reason I wrote letters for years and was able to delineate between sarcasm and sincerity. But I have lost this ability to the march of progress.

I've been trying to wean myself off them.

I wrote to a fellow blogger, and it was the kind of remark right on the edge of snarkiness; the kind of thing that can start a flame war. A smiley would've cleared it up, but he's a notable writer, and I wanted to seem like the kind of guy that's never used a smiley in his life.

I failed. He got MAD.

I'm so embarrassed.

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Posted by Mike at July 21, 2006 6:14 PM