Friday, January 9, 2009

lost in translation

does it ever happen that you have an AIM or MSN or Google Chat or Facebook Chat (am I missing anything here? does anyone still use ICQ?) with a friend - and for some reason your sarcasm just doesn't translate well.

Or maybe the other person gets your 'joke' but you can't tell based on what they've written back... Do they understand or are they just really dumb?

Or maybe they're being sarcastic back and you're the one who's not getting it....

This is yet another example of how the Internet can ruin a relationship....

2 comments:

NotaGeek! said...

I know all too good what you mean

That's why when you start a relationship through chat insist on a mix of chat, phone conversations, and meeting in person...
Or at least do it as early as possible if you think the relationship is heading in the right direction.

A mix of these three will go a long way in getting to unterstand each other better...
I'm back MM

rb said...

humor, sarcasm, any sort of nuance including facial expressions and body language are not communicated via IM. when someone is silent, you don't know if they went to the bathroom; are thinking or they are upset no longer want to talk to you.

IM is best used for communication of simple facts and info. like "see you at 4 next to the fountain." or "i am engaged to girl of my dreams (insert name here)"

it is because IM lacks all the "juice" of real communication that it is an attractive medium for geeks/nerds/troubled souls who, for whatever reason, get the wobblies when approaching a real-life person.

my advice: get offline. make some face time.