Emoticons/Blogging Emotions

Two recent things that I frankly haven’t read yet but both of which might be useful in teaching:

  • (-: Just Between You and Me ;-) from the New York Times about emoticons. I can think of many teaching situations in which students like to talk about emoticons, for bad or good.
  • The Emotions that Make Us Link is a kind of fluff-piece about the emotional motivation for linking to different kinds of blog entries. It appears to be based on no evidence, no references to rhetoric (and, of course, the use of emotions in rhetorical appeals is a pretty old game), and seems powered mostly by photos of the author. I guess I am linking here because, um, of a combination of envy and humor? But it also is one of those things that might be a good conversation starter about blogging in a variety of different classes.

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