To prove that text-happy faces can have a wide variety of meanings according to one's imagination, it's only necessary to see the extraordinary Caldwell Tanne 'What You Text vs What I See' series.
Although people have tried to make technological conversation more fun and dynamic by trying to simulate universal sentimental faces with punctuation, these illustrations actually recreate with human cartoons what the minimalist computer faces would like to express.
In his website, Tanne describes his work as "image-based laughtermagic," and this is precisely what his work causes: a serious burst of comedy. Tanne has a humorous representation for each graphic symbol, and also has hilarious names for them. For example, this face ;) is titled Creepy Eyelash Smile, and this :3 is called Cool You're a Cat I Guess.
The Caldwell Tanne What You Text vs What I See series is hilarious and revealing.
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