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Posted by Murdok (Member # 1225) on :
 
Well - since a topic about a congressmen getting favorable treatment from airport security personel when trying to smuggle a hand gun aboard a US flight to Washington, D.C. has turned into a discussion about smileys I felt it deserves it's own topic, so...who in here likes to use smileys and what do you think about them?

My question is: are they actually icons from the devil designed to disguise negativity and snide commentary with a flash of a cute little set of keystrokes or smile face icons? And if they continue onward with their evolution from keystrokes to full fledged icons for communicating emoticonical musings and mood, will they eventually replace writing as a means for communication?

SF writer Greg Bear used them with some of his own SF books back in the 80s as a normal way to communicate. People would flash little iconic messages above their shoulders instead of talking...interesting idea. So are smileys the beginning of that evolution to visual symbolic speech?

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by simplybiological (Member # 1344) on :
 
i hate them.
on occasion, if i talk to someone who uses them, i get sucked in. they're like reality tv that way.

i concede that it IS sometimes difficult to convey sarcasm, etc, in text... but i'd rather hone my skills at conveying subtext than insert a stupid little graphic.

minimum usage is, i suppose, forgivable. but they have spiraled out of control.
 
Posted by Zyne (Member # 117) on :
 
Is a Smiley a smiley when it isn't smiling?

[Embarrassed]
 
Posted by Mr Xin Ku (Member # 1472) on :
 
[Smile] [Wink] [Confused] [Frown] [Eek!] [Embarrassed] [Mad] [Wink]

I know, it is a circular argument, but I think I really have a point.

[ April 20, 2004, 10:33 PM: Message edited by: Mr Xin Ku ]
 
Posted by Mr Xin Ku (Member # 1472) on :
 
Did you know you can use no more than eight smileys a post? How am I supposed to communicate clearly with such limitations?

I hate them because they change my (attempts at) dry humor into slapstick comedy. It drives me nuts, but when I have tried to make a tounge-in-cheek comments without one, I get a bunch of angry responses: e.g., "You know, I really disagree with you that flatulence is an effective method of conflict resolution."

"Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to use the flatulence smiley [Big Grin] to indicate I was joking."
 
Posted by Ron (Member # 1698) on :
 
quote:
I know, it is a circular argument, but I think I really have a point.
A circle is made up of an infinite number of points.

[ April 20, 2004, 10:53 PM: Message edited by: Ron ]
 
Posted by Murdok (Member # 1225) on :
 
And is a smiley nothing more than half a circle? [Smile]
 
Posted by Shane Roe (Member # 1542) on :
 
To be perfectly honest with you, I've hated smileys ever since the "have a nice day" smilies of the seventies. [Big Grin]

Shane
 
Posted by Zyne (Member # 117) on :
 
Shane--Even the 'have a nice day' variety with the bleeding hole in the middle of the forehead?

Xin Ku--I'm sure we all feelxxxx smell your pain. [Cool]
 
Posted by Ray Bingham (Member # 1456) on :
 
I love smileys. I think it depends on your attitude. Sure there is the danger that they're overused. There's the danger that they could be exploited by politicians, slave traders, or day traders, but there's something compelling in those little guys. Clearly a smiley is not for everyone. Goths, for example, really aren't going to get much milelage out of [Smile] but maybe they can use [Mad] instead.

Not sure what this guy's doing... it might even be indecent... [Embarrassed] but this board actually has some of the more lame smilies around.

High quality smileys can communicate volumes. As a smiley connossieur, I know that there are those who claim that smileys are bad, because they want to keep an aire of sophistication, for them, I suggest they look into a more sophisticated smiley. Something that fits them, and their elitist mentality.

I think academic papers would be a whole lot more leggible if they had smileys in them. Legal manuscripts, same deal. And well, medical journals might be worth looking at if they were just a bit more cheery with smileys. Some medical journals probably do feature smileys, at least those that discuss the facial muscles that form the smile.

Don't abandon the smiley [Frown] ...

Embrace the smiley! [Eek!] Be the smiley! You are the smiley! [Razz] I am the smiley. [Cool] We are the smiley! [Wink]

--Ray
 
Posted by pickled shuttlecock (Member # 1093) on :
 
[Smile]
 
Posted by Mr Xin Ku (Member # 1472) on :
 
quote:

I think academic papers would be a whole lot more leggible if they had smileys in them. Legal manuscripts, same deal. And well, medical journals might be worth looking at if they were just a bit more cheery with smileys.

Oddly enough, Ray, I found this in the New England Journal of Medicine

quote:
A 38-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because of the acute onset of pain in the chest and upper back. [Mad]

Two weeks before admission, the patient had given birth by cesarean section at eight and a half months' gestation to a healthy female infant [Smile] . Early in the pregnancy, the patient had experienced chest pain [Eek!] . A cardiac ultrasonographic examination revealed mild aortic regurgitation [Roll Eyes] , and the result of a cardiac stress test was normal [Confused] . At that time, she was gravida 11, para 3, having had seven first-trimester miscarriages [Frown] . The delivery was complicated by loss of blood and a drop in the . . .

How do you know these things, Ray? Thats just Eerie [Eek!]
 
Posted by Ray Bingham (Member # 1456) on :
 
Hahahaha [Big Grin] Sorry... this is too funny... [Big Grin]

Gah! [Mad] I'm gonna get fired, for laughing so loud! [Frown]

--Ray
 
Posted by Mr Xin Ku (Member # 1472) on :
 
quote:
. . . a more sophisticated smiley. Something that fits them, and their elitist mentality.
I finally found a site with some elitist smileys here.
 
Posted by Murdok (Member # 1225) on :
 
And here is a site with some smileys for those less sophisticated bubbas of the world...

Bubba Texas Smileys

Just watch where you step, theys been chewin' tabacca and spittin' it all over the place...yuck.

[ April 21, 2004, 04:41 PM: Message edited by: Murdok ]
 
Posted by Mr Xin Ku (Member # 1472) on :
 
Murdok,

I'm enjoying the exchange of comments with you on a few of these threads, but I've got a meeting, so I'll pick this up later.

Mike
 
Posted by Shane Roe (Member # 1542) on :
 
Shane--Even the 'have a nice day' variety with the bleeding hole in the middle of the forehead?

No. I liked that one!
 
Posted by ben5 (Member # 1488) on :
 
There should be a barfing smilie!
 
Posted by WmLambert (Member # 604) on :
 
In the 70s, Jud Heathcote, the eccentric basketball coach of the MSU Spartans and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, may just have invented smilies. He was reknowned for his tongue-in-cheek puns - so started punctuating such statements with –!
 


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