There is a certain assumption when using a simple technology like the telephone that what you communicate from one end will be repeated in the same manner on the other end. You can be fairly sure that when you speak down the phone the recipient isn’t going to be hearing Donald Duck or Popeye like vocal inflections making lewd comments
….Unless, of course, that’s your particular “thang” – but let’s not go there… well at least not in public… call me… later…
The problem is that phones are no longer a “simple technology”, especially the mobile ones, they are made by a variety of different manufacturers with all kinds of whizz-bangery wonderfulness that you can now do with them. I don’t know about you, but my phone is more of a portable internet device that, sometimes, does voice as well.
We just kinda assume that they’ll still function like our old phone though; what you speak or write on your side will be reproduced faithfully on the other side… Uuuuunfortunately it t’aint always so. One phone’s nice little cute smilies aren’t quite the same on another manufacturers phone.
The resultant confusion can make for some very interesting conversations though, and very possibly a surprising visit from someone who’s just gotten a very wrong idea. That is of course if the recipient tends to see the risqué version of a particular textual rendering… which is pretty much all of those with an extra Y chromosome in their particular DNA strand. So please, dear female reader, please remember to be careful out there.
Don’t be too surprised if you text this , from a Blackberry, to a male of the species, who doesn’t own a Blackberry, when you receive the following…