||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 2 -
Understanding Web Personalities
Safety in a Text-only World
Without the subtle nuances of the spoken word,
detecting humor, sarcasm and anger can be very difficult. Writers
have always relished the ambiguity of the written medium and have
used a host of word tools designed to introduce double entendres and
hidden clues into their text.
On the web, the inherent lack of non-verbal
communications leads to many misunderstandings.
A simple typographical error in a sentence
might change the meaning of the thought that the writer intended
A word with multiple meanings might be read
with a different meaning than what was originally intended.
Even the choice of font can be the source of
consternation for some. The following is an example from a UseNet
a**hole, why don't you type in a normal font.
The bold mono-spaced font is difficult to read. If you don't know
how to change fonts read the book that came with your browser!
The next response is even scarier and
demonstrates how even the tiniest matter can enrage some
D***head... I type in the fonts I happen to like. I didn't realise
you'd been apointed head of the Font Police.
lying, dishonest SOBs like you get to pontificate on anything,
though, don't they? Anyway: I can recommend a good optometrist if
you find it difficult to read.
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