Christian Long

Rives: Tells a Story of Mixed Emoticons

In TED Talks on April 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Reflection by MORGAN P.

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Rives:  Tells a Story of Mixed Emoticons

I never really thought about something that most of us use everyday:  emoticons! Being a fan of texting, I use emoticons all the time. But I never actually think about it. It seems to be some sort of habit.

Because you are not actually speaking face to face, the things we type can be misunderstood.

A smiley face, 🙂 or =) or 🙂 or even 😀 , can change a text from being completely rude to just being funny and sarcastic.

This idea for a symbol to mark a sarcastic comment started in about 1982. Many people proposed what they thought the symbol should be. The symbols proposed were (*), (*%), (&), (#), and finally :-).

I find emoticons to be funny.

In his video, Rives uses emoticons to tell a goofy story about O}-< (a boy) who has a crush on Q<= (a girl). A lot of the emoticons in this video made me laugh!

Some emoticons are really clever! <:3)~~ (a mouse), >^..^< ( a cat), :(l) xXx (a monkey blowing kisses), and *\O/* ( a cheerleader). I enjoyed this video! But I wish he had more time to go into detail and explanation.

These new emoticons are hilarious! But personally, I really only use 🙂 and :(.

What about you? What are your favorite emoticons?


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