11 Dec

The internet is a bitchy, bitchy place.  Every day something is misconstrued, misunderstood, mistaken, and misused.  The worst troublemaker on the internet is SARCASM.  Nobody gets sarcasm online AT ALL.  Take this statement for example:

Now that Sarah Pallin, she’d make a great president.

Compare it to this statement:

Now that Sarah Pallin, she’d make a great president.

What’s the difference?  One was said with sarcasm, I’ll let you figure out which one.  There needs to be a system for deciphering this, when I post a sarcastic status update on facebook or a tongue in cheek tweet on Twatter I want people to know.  So what’s my solution?

Anytime you say something sarcastic put a big fat *S* next to it.  Isn’t that so completely simple?  How many message board spats could be avoided by ending an ambiguously sarcastic statement with *S* letting your audience know your intentions.

This is only the beginning of the TONEicon revolution, there needs to be a council (like the one that wrote the bible!) to establish the toneiconical system.  Bloggers, vloggers, gamers, and internet nerds around the world should unite in a United Nations style forum to discuss the specifics and intricacies of this new system.

It will be a revolution.

Do you have any TONEicon sugguestions???

3 Responses to “TONEicons”

  1. Marvo 11 December, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    A ToneIcon system?
    I’m British, and as such I am fluent in irony and sarcasm – everything I say is one or the other, and sometimes both.
    I’m not sure about about a Council. Will it be elected? Your political idol (Sarah) was elected. I rest my case m’lud.
    Therefore I am happy to announce that My Sarcasm Tsar for the Americas is you Justin.
    What give me the right to just appoint you? I’m British – we’ve got an Empire you know (aka The Falkland Islands. And Gibraltar).

  2. J-fer 11 December, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    How about this? /S\ It’s kind of like a warning symbol for sarcasm.

  3. Justin Thyme 13 December, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    OMG that’s PERFECT Jennifer!

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