Y’all know I have an aesthetic objection to emoticons. But today, I wished I had used a smiley face on this Tweet:
Sanford shocker: He does some actual governor work… RT @MarkSanford: headed to Cabinet Meeting this morning
To which the governor’s chief of staff harrumphed:
scott_english Scott English
Hey, it was a JOKE! Sort of a “puckish satire of contemporary mores; a droll spoof aimed more at the heart than the head” — mocking the tendency of even the powerful to use social media to note uneventful occurrences in daily life. You know, like I write, “I’m going out to the patio,” and the governor writes, “I’m going into a cabinet meeting.” Get it?
Once I explained that, Scott was conciliatory:
Consider my chiding gentle then. But still chiding.
OK, I consider myself chided. I am so-o-o-o sorry.