The inadequacy of emoticons, the shallowness of chat

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The inadequacy of emoticons, the shallowness of chat
assemblage of found objects
clay figure by Roger Morris
cast metal sunshine face, lead typeset exclamation mark. In old wooden box
$520 + post
Emoticons. Those little images people use in their emails to compensate for the fact that there can be no body language, no facial signals of state of mind. But how very limited they are. Happy, sad, quizzical ...?
I look at this figure that Roger Morris made and to me it signifies the bottomless depression, the deep despair, which is so hard to put into words, let alone into a single key pressed on the keyboard.
The exclamation mark makes the point. Emphatically.

Dale Copeland lives at Puniho, Taranaki, New Zealand.

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