Life of it's Own

This convention caught on quickly around Carnegie Mellon, and soon spread to other universities and research labs via the primitive computer networks of the day. (Some CMU alumni who had moved on to other places continued to read our bboards as a way of keeping in touch with their old community.) -Scott Fahlman (Refering to Smileys)

There was a time where only top of the line computer experts were using smileys to show emotion to the reader. Just like an author writing something shocking because he/she has nothing on earth to say. I could understand the reasoning behind the creating of smileys. Fahlman describes how the smiley became more complex as the internet grew uncontrollably. Just like the internet itself, the smiley has evolved into something complex and also change the world around it.