Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mixed Messages - Semiotics and Text Message Initialisms Don't Mix

If you see someone


CALL 911

If it weren't for the initialisms created through text message communication, this sign would not have appeared on Fail Blog.

In the old days, the image would have been interpreted semiotically as a swimmer's head and two arms waving for help, not as a comment that suggests people should "laugh out loud" at the sight of a drowning person.


Rimpy said...

Tragic and hilarious at the same time!

JCR said...

At first glance I thought it might have been a sign for a new lifesaving course:

Drowning 101


Lynette said...

our brains have been re-programmed. I had to try hard to make it become a flailing swimmer.

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