Admin Post The problem is, communication is vital. I work on technical projects and communications are the challenge. I definitely agree that the Internet is Junior High School. Junior High was fine, back when I was a kid, but I don’t want that mentality dominating serious matters and the Internet has the ability to do just that. English was my least favorite subject in school, and the subject in which I performed the worst. Part of this, in fact a great deal of this, was because I already read well, had a good vocabulary and was good at communicating. Frankly, I couldn’t see the point of these English classes. Unfortunately, my handwriting has always been poor, so the combination of those two factors made my performance in English classes poor. When the Internet came along, and I was writing, I decided to brush up on punctuation. What I discovered was that the “rules” of punctuation were somewhat nebulous and that punctuation actually originated with printers, whom employed symbols to convey the rhythm of speech, including pauses, etc. Thereafter, I’ve done my best and hope that it works. The colon/close parentheses emoticon indicating that the prior statement was meant humorously makes sense to me. We’ve actually had problems at the forum where members have made statements which seemed offensive, but were meant satirically. Had they used that one symbol, a lot of difficulty could have been avoided. The proliferation of “emojis”, and I loathe that cutesy term, has not served to clear the waters. I can see the colon/close parentheses as indicating humor, and can understand the colon/open parentheses as indicating sadness (or disappointment), but I don’t use that one myself. However, I don’t need an emoji to indicate every possible emotional state. (Let’s see, what’s the emoji to express how I feel when my neighbor is surly because they got a parking ticket?) Frankly; Junior High was a long time ago and as an adult, I am now more than capable of finding the words required to express myself in writing. I can understand that during youth, there exists the problem of limited vocabulary inhibiting self expression, but it’s possible to outgrow this situation. I developed my vocabulary by reading and expanding my horizons. It’s a practice I recommend highly. If my neighbor was surly because of having received a parking ticket, there would be no emoticon to express my feelings, because I would see this as just one more transient situation in life and would have no emotional response. What I find more troubling is the fact that since the advent of the Internet and the use of it for new forms of communication, it would seem that every experience in life is now bantered about publicly. There are a number of serious matters occurring in my life as I write this, but you will not be reading about them, because there’s no reason to involve others and plenty of reason to keep these matters private, until they are resolved. It’s time for the Internet to leave behind the Junior High mentality and enter the brave new world of adulthood.