20 responses

  1. RS
    November 16, 2013

    You didn’t mention Powerpoint! I am an academic and I can no longer imagine speaking to a room full of people without my “slides.” It is actually a lot of fun to work on how they look–it’s a very different kind of work from crafting sentences and it’s nice to move between the two. On the other hand, what it really means is that there’s twice as much work to do. Isn’t that supposed to be the way things are in late consumer capitalism?

    7:35 am
    Lisa said...

    @RS, That’s a REALLY good point. I often thought that Microsoft could have kicked their dominance into the next century if they had integrated Powerpoint into Outlook, thus allowing for graphic emails. One could argue that Facebook and Twitter are just that, to a very large email alias:). Reply All, indeed.

  2. Sandra
    November 16, 2013

    Love emoticons espeically when texting my grandaughter. But do I need to learn one more thing? Please give me a break. I’m high into learning Google + and I’m just learning it at a snails pace. Now I have to put words to photos? I can do that in Photoshop but could I have a few more hours in the day to join you on the couch and just talk in real time?

    7:37 am
    Lisa said...

    @Sandra, Couch is free at the moment:).

  3. Tanya
    November 16, 2013

    Just this morning I said that I refuse to figure out emojis! Thinking that my brain can’t take learning yet another new thing! But maybe it’s really my eyes that can’t take squinting at those tiny little things! Whatever it is — next year this time, I’ll probably be using them along with whatever else has come into play since today!

  4. Paula
    November 16, 2013

    Smartphones are very common in Europe, just as in the US. I happily stick to my retro phone (that’s what a good friend called it today, she shrieked when she saw what I was using to call Mr Paula: something that can only call and receive calls and text ascii messages. A mobile phone, not very smart. Being outside the smart-group feels very ok. :-)

  5. Seeker
    November 16, 2013

    I love emoticons, but just know a few….. and it’s enough. I just use them to emphasize the idea.
    Hope you’re having a nice weekend


  6. Flo
    November 16, 2013

    “Now quick, tell your kid to go to art school.”

    Aha! I knew it! What timing!

    The universe senseth a vacuum, and provideth!


    7:39 am
    Lisa said...

    @Flo, Uhuh.

  7. Loretta
    November 16, 2013

    Oh dear, I just spent several hours playing with Quozio.

  8. Mary anne
    November 16, 2013

    Guilty of an emoji habit!

  9. Duchesse
    November 16, 2013

    To go to art school to make new more glyph product for the telecoms to market? Or maybe to be truly subversive and make art that is not commodified? I look forward to your continuing exploration of this notion.

  10. Meg
    November 16, 2013

    Well thank GOD. Those of us who went to art school are finally having going against all of that, “You’ll be broke and sad forever,” pay off. Says the lady in charge of that corsage image ;)

    That’s it, Lisa. I’m using my emoji’s to text you now. David never appreciates my cleverness.

    (Note to @duchesse: both, one presumes, depending on the personality. I’m trained in post modernism, and in the long tradition of rebelling against one’s art teachers, I’m clearly a post post modernist. I like to make money, and reach a lot of people, so my subversiveness isn’t wasted. One assumes my kids will do something naked and indecipherable. All as it should be.)

    7:40 am
    Lisa said...

    @Meg, What Meg said. Art is often subversive in ways we don’t intend or understand.

  11. mette
    November 16, 2013

    Your first picture is fascinating. Never seen so many small pictures, emojis.
    I only have a few of them in my ” toys ” and try to use them sparingly.
    Ok for the kids, though the skill of writing real words, sentences, paragraphs, real text, narrows.
    The way we speak and write is on a move all the time.
    When I listen e.g. to a radio program c. 10 years back, the way the people talk in it, sounds s o ridiculous.
    It is good to read a good book every now and then ( trying to motivate myself here too ).

  12. Mary Jo
    November 16, 2013

    I love that you took the time to break this down intellectually Lisa. Another good reason for me not feel so bad about spending less time on social media.

  13. Roseag
    November 17, 2013

    Combining words &images seems to be a good sales device. It lets the reader be lazy. I worry about a generation that has been spoon-fed a world where nothing is more than a glance or a click away.

  14. Eleanorjane
    November 17, 2013

    I think it depends on lots of things…

    * How good a reader you are
    * What type of learner you are i.e. visual, aural etc.
    * What medium you’re consuming or communicating in

    I think it’s kind of horses for courses, but I’d like to ensure that kids can read well enough to let a novel become like a film in their heads.

    7:41 am
    Lisa said...

    @Eleanorjane, Yes, clearly different people absorb information differently. I wonder how long us wordies will play such a large part in society though.

  15. Leslie
    November 17, 2013

    For the most part, I find emoji’s a bit too precious. I am charmed by well done emoji collages though.

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