A funny rant about emoticons

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Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the pastor of City South Presbyterian Church, a church in Brisbane, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus. If you'd like to support his writing financially you can do that by giving to his church.

2 thoughts on “A funny rant about emoticons”

  1. I dunno mate, I understand where your disdain for emoticons comes from, but they are helpful in conveying the manner in which you write something. Sarcasm is very hard to pick up when writing, especially for the fairer sex (who’s ability to detect sarcasm in person is usually less than optimal). For example:

    You’re an Idiot.

    means something very different to

    You’re an Idiot :p.

    because of the context in which it was said. Clearly, the first was written to express that the receiver of this letter is, in fact, an idiot. But if someone wanted to say in jest that one was “an idiot” without using the emoticon, there may be some problems of interpretation.

    So, depending on the circumstance, the lowly emoticon can change the whole understanding of the text. I know that some literary skill should be able to direct the recipient in the right direction, but we must remember that the recipient may be an idiot.

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