Emoticons Are Reshaping Our Brains, We Now Process :-) As A Human Face

When we first broached the Great Smiley Debate a few weeks ago, the question was whether or not a dash-as-nose was appropriate, necessary, or a bastardization of the simple purity of two dots paired with a gentle curve. But a new, equally contentious controversy emerged in the Kinja discussion: Should the parenthesis… » 2/15/14 9:00am 2/15/14 9:00am

An Open Letter to the Smiley Face Following an Insult

You know that thing people do, when they stick a :) right after a rude comment? Yeah, that's just about the most annoying thing ever, huh? :) Over at McSweeney's, Jade Ologunja spoke her mind. » 1/24/11 10:00am 1/24/11 10:00am

Auto Smiley Application Turns Your Real Life Smile Into :)

Some people get all >:o when it comes to emoticons, but I think they're pretty B-). This =0 program detects your real life smiles with your webcam and turns them into :)s on your comptuer. :-p, haters. » 3/25/10 7:20pm 3/25/10 7:20pm

Humanity's Great Works, Reduced to Smileys by Technology

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's latest webcomic tackles technology's effect on art and literature. With the coming Tablet Wars of 2010 and beyond looming before us, it's funny because it's true! [SMBC] » 1/24/10 3:30pm 1/24/10 3:30pm