Well, that was fun.
My notes after the jump.
virus in your mind.
the ability to type faster = where is the benefit?
the person who can type the fastest can dominate the chat room/IM, b/c can replicate more often
bandwidth loss when using text (compensate online w/ emoticons and tagging & known personality)
language modifying to communicate those non-transferable emotions, etc that you get when communicating w/ someone in real time.
symbol - abstract reference (emoticons are the same thing) creating a new set of characters in the warehouse.
reading words as jumble of symbols, not each letter in succession
a language in which we organize the world (for programmers & programming, you actually create the world using that syntax)
gifts reinforce the social network.
contructing funny images and passing them around = potlach (people construct .gif economy
LOLCODE IS NOT THE STRICTEST OF LANGUAGES - NOW 2 CODELOLS