The sarcasm problem (was Re: The Density Problem (was The

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*
Fri, 26 Dec 1997 17:18:47 -0800

For the record, I didn't know what to make of it, either.

Irony, sarcasm and related communications styles carry risk.

Taking them the wrong way is not always an indication of the density of the


At 03:38 PM 12/26/97 -0500, you wrote:
>At 4:22pm -0500 12/24/97, Michael Lorrey wrote:
>>Its obvious I did not go far enough so that even the most dense
>>subscriber could see satire when they saw it.
>Its obvious that my density far exceeds your image of me.
>I apologize for not recognizing your satire and responding as if your
>comments were real.
>I hope that I was polite and reasonable while making an ass out of myself.
>Harvey Newstrom (
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