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Date: 01 Dec 1996
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You wrote, "Didn't anyone notice the smiley face --> :) <-- i put at the end of that sentence? various smiley faces have been developed by the internet community specifically for the purposes of overcoming some of the difficulty of presenting intonation with messages that are often casually written. the smiley face i added means that i wrote what i did as a joke, sarcastically, or at least that i am saying it in a friendly way. p> Also, current statistics indicate that about 60% of the people who use the Internet are males, as I saw mentioned on the news last night. "
I (like probably Christie) noticed your smiley, but I didn't know what kind of irony you used -- was it friendly irony or sarcasm or teasing and so on -- there so many important intonations that can't be easily put in words or smiley symbols (probably Christie was also confused). That is why I said that this kind of communication doesn't convey intotations that change meanings of the utternaces.
Thank you for providing interesting info about gender roles on Internet. My figures are different -- it is difficult to make a research on the Internet because it is so parallel -- but figures have been probably changing rapidly. Can you provide reference of the study you cited, please?
On Friday, Cindy Pease-Alvarez (a Steering Committee member that visted the class) and I went to buy games for BU. We couldn't find games for girls except three software for Barbie (the activities were great -- designing dresses and hairstyles, writing post cards and love letters -- but Barbie theme was too stereotyping). The software, we saw, was mainly either shoot-n-kill, sports, board games, readings, or school-like drills. We visted three store: Fry's Electorinc, NCA, and Eggshead software. There was no singal Spanish speaking game.
We probably should find good game catalogues.