Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Warning Tale About Smileys

Dr. Lisa M. Bates reports:

In the text function of my BlackBerry there is a sidebar menu of emoticons (how ridiculous is that?) that shows the yellow smiley faces, except they are also crying and raging, and winking and blowing kisses, etc. I sent a fairly new acquaintance a ‘big hug’ emoticon — which, for the record, was ironic. But anyway, on his iPhone it came up with the symbols, not the smiley face, which don’t look anything like a big hug. From his perspective they look like a view of, er, splayed lady parts: ({}). He then ran around his lab showing colleagues excitedly what I had just sent him. Half (mostly men) concurred with his interpretation, and the others (mostly women) didn’t and probably thought he was kind of a desperate perv.”


M. Bouffant said...

More evidence of the regressive effect of the devil-box. If these people are the "professionals" running the world, it's no wonder we're so screwed.

bjkeefe said...


On the other hand, there have been desperate pervs in high places since we first allowed individuals to gain power via means other than brute force, and so far, we have mostly muddled through. I say: keep pushing for gender equality in the workplace, and more of those lames will get pushed out, or die off and never be replaced. Sorta like my long-term view of politics in the US.

Okay, yes. This is one of my optimistic days.