Newswire: Skype to allow users to message film and TV clips, ending the plague of literacy

A.V. Club readers of a certain age may remember having to take cursive in elementary school; for the rest of you, it looked like this. With the digital ascendancy, we’ve increasingly distanced ourselves from the ugly crudeness of the written language. Email struck a killing blow to the handwritten memorandum, only to find itself cut down by texting and mobile devices. Old timers may also remember emoticons, a weird offshoot of L337 and ASCII-art that allowed the quick-witted (or those with knowledge of cut and paste) to abbreviate their thoughts with character code shorthand. But emoticons were simply the next casualty in the oppressive Darwinian push toward total language efficiency, as it was much easier to tap out emoji icons for “pineapple, thumbs up, smiling face with cat ears, beer mug, heart, poop,” than to manually recreate those objects.

Now, according to Mashable, Skype is continuing our voyage …

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