From: James Kass (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jan 05 2009 - 11:16:36 CST
Asmus Freytag wrote,
> Telephone text messages are not a closed system, because telecoms
> typically provide means to connect to incoming and outgoing email at the
E-mail can be plain-text or rich-text. There has
never been any requirement that all the information
contained within a rich-text document will be
round-trippable with a plain-text application.
> You can expect these codes to leak onto the web in due course,
> if this is not happening already. Whatever the mechanism for that
> leakage, what Peter is rightly objecting to is a world where text in
> open interchange needlessly contains units that are un-interpretable.
> It doesn't matter whether one or two vendors are causing this - as long
> as their system isn't *closed*, it's not true private interchange.
Suppose for a moment that you and I are sociable
Japanese schoolgirls who use the emoji pictographs
to spice up our text messages. In response to your
latest text message, I send:
That's really a bummer ☠ 'cuz it makes
me so sad ☹ Ciao fer now <picture of
There's an understanding between us that when the
hamburger icon appears in a message, it means that
you tell your parents you are spending the week-end
at my place, and I tell my parents I'm spending it
with you, but we are secretly meeting at Beth's to
study and do homework.
Since we're both young and carefree, we don't worry
about whether or not future historians can access
that hamburger. If it did enter our pretty little heads
to worry about it, we'd quickly realize that future
historians couldn't possibly have a clue about our
special interpretion anyway. It doesn't matter if
the hamburger survives the millenia, the semantic is
Instead, we worry about Truly Important Issues, such
as what on Earth Sheila did to her hair OMG and to
wonder if it is *really* true Frieda allowed that boy to
carry her books.
We should be asking ourselves who is intercepting our
private text messages and who is presumptuous enough
to violate our privacy by putting them anywhere
public enough to cause them to infiltrate databases
somewhere. We should be asking ourselves where
any company gets off thinking it can keep copies
of our private communications, for the benefit of
future historians or not.
Text messages sent between cell phone users aren't
any concern of Unicoders or search engines. Or
anybody else, for that matter.
The private nature of these messages fits very well
within the framework of PUA.
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