Monday, February 12, 2007

If a picture says a thousand words...

...a word can paint three times as many pictures. Yeah, I made that up.

No laptop, yet, but a weird train of thought led me to the subject of emoticons. Uh-huh, you read that right. Emoticons. Sometimes I'm a very deep thinker.

I read somewhere that when a person reads an email, some huge percentage of it is misconstrued. Something ridiculous, like 99.9%, or maybe that's just my personal percentage, going by some of the responses I get.

I used to think it was silly to use emoticons, period. Especially the text-based ones, like ;-). LAME. After many misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and rejected marriage proposals, I decided that a little "wink" couldn't hurt, just to let people know when I am yanking their chains. I still have issues with the basic "smiley". It often seems condescending to me, which is ironic, since the whole purpose of emoticons is to clarify the sentiment behind the statement.  :)  Did you feel I talked down to you, just then? No? I guess that's one more for the therapist.

Since I've discovered animated .gifs, however, I've become addicted to emoticons. I can make an entire post consisting of these things. They're so powerful, and with them, I'll never be misunderstood again!

Check this out: I'm going to retype a few sentences from this post, and I'll add an emoticon. See if your interpretation changes:

I can make an entire post consisting of these things.

I can make an entire post consisting of these things.

I can make an entire post consisting of these things.

In the first example, I'm bragging. I'm feeling pret-ty damn smug that I can make a post using only emoticons. In the second, I'm blown away by the fact that I can make a post using only emoticons. In the third, I'm thinking that I probably should have added a few words to my post, since someone seemed to have misinterpreted that wink emotie.

Another example:

Sometimes I'm a very deep thinker.

Sometimes I'm a very deep thinker.

Sometimes I'm a very deep thinker.

In the first, take me literally. I'm ponderous! In the second, I am soooooo not a very deep thinker, but that's a good one! In the third example, I'm thinking impure thoughts, deeply.

One more, but this time I'll just use a simple phrase:

I'm so sorry.  

I'm so sorry.  

I'm so  sorry.  

In the first, I'm genuinely sorry. In the second, I'm playing the World's Smallest Violin. In the third, I've completely lost you.  


Finally, I'm going to demonstrate how an entire conversation
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Well, you get the picture.






 

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