I’d like to give an example for the last class stuff. During last class I came across one thing; it is about EMOTICON. Emoticon is usually using for instant messaging or email infinitely. As well as some service providers offer a service that converts emoticon expressions into graphic images. In addition, on word-processing program, Ms word provides this service: if I enter “:-)”, it is replaced with ☺.
In the case of instant messaging, a sender inputs a message like “Thank you:-)“ and sends it as a meaning for appreciation and smile emotional expression. The message is delivered to an intended recipient who knows that meaning and could get it. I think that the genre for this is a type to exchange emotion through a combination of symbols and characters as a sort of language. The code of this is that the shape of the combination of symbols looks like a real image or an expression of face. Therefore, I think this phenomenon that the composition of symbols become as a language in computer usage is one of the results, which are reflected in aspect of phenomenology.
I also realized an interesting thing that emoticons are different in every culture area. In the western culture, emoticons lie on their side and express emotion with a shape of the mouth.
“-)” or “:) ” Smile or Happy
“:-(” or “:(” Frown or Sad
“;-)” or “;)” Winking
“:-D” or “:D” Open-mouthed smile – a grin, often denoting laughter
“:-C” or “:C ” Very, very sad
“D-:” or “D:” Annoyed, mad, shocked or scared.
“:-p” or “:p” or “:P “or “:-Þ” Smile with tongue out – used to denote either a “raspberry” or being ‘tongue in cheek’ in English
“:-S” or “:S” Being confused
“:-/” or “:/” or “:-\” or “:\ ” Doubtful or slightly confused expression
“:-|” or “:|” Blank expression
“:O” Suprised or shocked
In the eastern culture, emoticons express emotion by a shape of eyes.
(^_^) (^^) (^-^) (^o^) Smile or Happy
(*_*) Surprised or shocked
(;_;) (T_T) Sad or cry
(@_@) Doubtful or slightly confused expression
(-_-) Blank expression
This following video, Emoticoncert, shows a slice of culture of emoticon usage 😀