Thursday, November 17, 2011


Do you use emoticons? Do you do a lot of texting?

Smileys, keystroke expressions -- colons, parenthesis, dashes, and texting -- are for me what Pig Latin used to be -- a kid's way of excluding the adult world. Pig Latin is good to talk around your parents cause they won't know how to speak it.

Here is is a sample sentence: "Igpay atinlay isyay oodgay otay alktay aroundyay ouryay arentpays auscay ethay ontway ebay ableay otay understandaye. "

Yes, I used to speak Pig Latin expertly, but now it seems a really silly thing to do.

Why are so many people, adults as well as kids, texting and using emoticons. Why are others turning "you " into "U?" Why not express what you feel with words and say "I'm amused," rather than "LOL?" or inserting a Smiley, or ((: ?

Is condensing words, expressing yourself with symbols and abbreviations, an easier or faster way of communicating? Does it communicate more fully?

Does it imply you're with it? Cool? Too busy to waste time with an email? Maybe it makes you feel frisky, peppy, young, but it makes me fret. I have to search for the symbol and look it up. You are sending me on wild goose chase

Well, texting, emoticonning makes self expression simpler, briefer. But what is it really commentating? Isn't communicating the reason why you're cell-phoning, chatting, emailing, texting, sending pals emoticons ? Isn't it why you're on Facebook reading my blog, reacting to it and sending me comments?

Actually, when people send me emoticons, or keystrokes, I tend to skim what they've said.

Niall Ferguson (Newsweek columnist) said Americans 13 to 17 send and receive about 3,339 text messages per month -- girls average about 4000 or more. He said "If the earth was hit by a gigantic asteroid or engulfed by a super Tsunami, a teenager might send a last message -- C U later. or : ( ...

Yes. I had to look it up to figure out that it means "I'm not happy."

I think this stuff dumb-downs your mind. I think you need to use language, and words, more and more, not less and less.

Aside from words on TV and in films, writing words and reading words, gets you living a life other than your own, feeling things other than what's in your personal world -- looking at art, nature, the sky, the stars -- those twinkling far away specs that can light up your mind.

Hey guys, kids, grownups, old folks -- try NO texting, NO emoticons. If you're not sure what to say dig for a word, maybe another one and another -- say them, send them, toss them out and catch what gets tossed back at you and you're hearing and seeing and saying and feeling things.

Try it. It makes you taller, smarter --probably younger, sprier, and also rich -- richer in some of the ways, maybe even all of the ways you want to be rich.

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