A 3-minute fairy tale of mixed emoticons: Rives on TED.com

Posted by: Tedstaff

Slam poet Rives (star of the Bravo special Ironic Iconic America) tells a typographical fairy tale that’s short and bittersweet. (Recorded February 2008 at TED@Aspen, in Aspen, Colorado. Duration: 3:17.)

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Comments (1)

  • David Lockman commented on Dec 14 2008

    Once again, Rives does a magnificent job of taking our assumptions about language and standing them on their heads. We tend to forget that language is a living, growing, changing thing, holding on to the familiar forms even after they are no longer useful. Movable type has existed for centuries; typewriters for more than a hundred years; why are emoticons such a recent development? What new forms of expression will the next 20 years bring?