Saw this and I have to say it mad me literally “lol”. On the subject of lolling and my blog, I always try my hardest in my posts to not rely on internet acronyms and smiley emoticons in my work.
I don’t know why though, as a lot of my posts are uninformative and are just me talking about my life or my experiences and on-line I do use “lol” and “rofl” and near enough in every sentence I will put the relevant smiley face;
They are the ones I use the most, but they don’t make it into my writing here. That’s a lie actually, when writing I will unconsciously end a sentence with the aforementioned smiley faces and have to force myself to go back and change it as I don’t want to taint my blog with them.
And this is a problem in my scripts too, I will write a line of dialogue and because it is written speech, akin to what a text message is, I will sometimes right “lol” instead of putting in the direction “he laughed out loud”. This isn’t a common problem, just when I seem to get drawn into the dialogue I am writing and I lose my sense of self and become the characters that I am writing.
So this is another reason when writing on my blog I try to stamp out the use of this sort of writing behaviour in my posts (comments are okay, a nice can go a long way in a comment to make you not seem stand-offish).
To bring the comment example back from a second ago, sometimes smiley faces ARE acceptable, especially when texting or instant messaging. For example if someone said something to upset you and they say sorry if you reply saying; ”it’s okay”, someone could take that to mean that it really isn’t okay and you’re “just saying that”, whereas if you put “it’s okay (:” then it hints towards the fact that it is ACTUALLY okay.
Because one of the biggest flaws of communicating through chunks of text is that you can’t actually communicate. Not really. Because a huge chunk of communication is through facial expressions and body language, we don’t consciously know we’re doing it but when someone is talking to you face to face we absorb everything they are doing and translate this into meaning, and make assumptions about how they are feeling based on the prior patterns we have learned over the years of growing up.
A step back from this is the telephone because you lose all that, though the voice does remain and this is a damn sight better than text but still not good enough.
What are your thoughts on this? …. (:
- Skype humanizes the emoticon (sheryling.wordpress.com)