Not in the figurative way—consenting to a request, acknowledging something delightful, embracing a generally optimistic outlook toward the world—but in the extremely specific way? Sure, yes. Also, I might not like you.
So, yeah. Which is not, of course, an entirely new thing.
And there are also, datw course, all the emoji that indicate enthusiasm and assent: It has taken its own basic DNA and funny ways to say yes to a date it with other threads of culture, creating new words and terms and memes s pictograms that do the work of affirmation while also conveying secondary nuances: On the one hand, that creates a universe of yes-ing that is so expansive as to be non-committal. The Fate of Reading in a Digital Worldpoints out that relationships in general are becoming more fluid and less committal: People rent rather than.
Those are ways of assenting without necessarily affirming. The flip side of that, though, is the affirmation that expresses overt enthusiasm and excitement and even joy. Popular in online drag culture since thenthe term has recently come into more widespread use.
And also that people are awesome and creative and yess, really good at finding clever ways to restore that tonality. They allow us to substitute the organic nuances of the human voice with the clunkier tools of text. Is that a good thing?
Is it maybe actually kind of a great thing? We want to hear what you think about this article.
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