Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sarcasm™

Given how many thick-headed "journalists" read (and maybe "read" is too generous a word) my recent post about Michael Bay possibly turning the Turtles into aliens in the upcoming live-action movie and somehow got out of it that I supported this idea, clearly not perceiving the sarcasm in my words, I've been pondering the potential benefits of creating a "sarcasm symbol" -- a graphic icon which could be appended to a piece of writing or artwork to help the "perception-challenged" among us in apprehending the real meaning of said writing or artwork.

I started doodling in my sketchbook yesterday, and here's what I've got so far:




As noted, I like the "S" form with the devil horns and forked tail. I think I will keep working on this and try to get it into a nice, clean, black and white design. 

I have a feeling it might come in handy. -- PL

14 comments:

  1. Love the idea! I think it's been talked about on the internet before, since I guess many people have difficulty detecting sarcasm in written form.

    It's nice to see more of your doodles. I love pencil sketches. Anytime you feel like posting more, please do!!

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  2. I have found that emoticons (while I find them mostly obnoxious) are useful in expressing sarcasm and intention in online text conversations. Since all this recent TMNT buzz, I can see how having a symbol representing sarcasm could be a useful necessity for you. You're opinions on the property are highly valued by many fans, to a point which leaving them up to interpretation is clearly not a "safe move." At the same time, I think such a symbol would inhibit the effective point of being sarcastic, which (correct me if I'm wrong) is to express a point of view without revealing what you may be actually thinking.

    ps, This is the only place on the internet where I have ever commented sincerely.

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  3. When I first read your post, I couldn't tell if you supported the idea or not. I think it is very hard to convey sarcasm online, without people actually hearing the tone of your voice.

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  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raVqiQhU-Fw
    :D
    - Kevin McGill Jr.

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  5. Hey at least all this hooplah is inspiring you. I really liked your turtle head complete with Andorian-esque antennae.

    It also looks like Jim Lawson is getting a kick out of the whole alien concept. It almost makes me want the alien concept to happen so they can use Jim's designs.

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  6. I admit that I did not read the sarcasm clearly AT FIRST but that is the internet for you. haha. With all the backlash I have this doubt that they will turn out to be aliens so lets hope there is no need to concern.


    The best part of all of this is getting to see a current doodle of yours even if just "s"s. :)

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  7. But what if people thought the symbol was being used sarcastically? ;-)

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    1. Then I guess you'd need a symbol for the symbol! -- PL

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    1. That is a GREAT idea! And I am saying that with no sarcasm! -- PL

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  9. How about the Top of the S Turns into the two horns, and the bottom is the tail? :)

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  10. Hello Peter: I like your "alien" turtle design. it's cute!! :) Post more your letter designs.

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  11. Very good idea. Setting standards since 1984.

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  12. -->> PETER, you ARE AWESOME !! !! !!

    ~ t

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