Portal's New Avatar Contest

Tater

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How about this one for a new avatar?
Two questions...

1) Would a picture of a naked, wooden, little boy puppet be consider "child porn"? :hmmm:

2) Why do you have a picture of a naked, wooden, little boy puppet? :eek:

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It occurs to me that part (admittedly only part) of the problem with the impression Portal makes on the universe is that he's chosen an arrogant smoking SS murderer as his avatar. I don't know about you but every time I see that picture I just scroll on by...
I think there is no question that the avator affects a reader's impression.

A person will change his avatar for any number of reasons impossible to determine.

However, I would venture to say that an online poster will even be affected by his own avatar, to the point of taking on that personality.

Whether real or imagined, there usually seems to be a certain congruence between one's avatar and the way the message "sounds". When that congruence is missing, when the post doesn't seem to match the avatar, doesn't the message seem... odd?

Has anyone else noticed that phenomenon? Is it real?

Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps I'm just brainwashed by my communications education... the subtle bastards.

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Bruce Bakken
 

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"Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps I'm just brainwashed by my communications education... the subtle bastards."

Or maybe smart enough to recognize it. :)

Unlike me, I have never *consciously* made the connection.
 

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Whether real or imagined, there usually seems to be a certain congruence between one's avatar and the way the message "sounds". When that congruence is missing, when the post doesn't seem to match the avatar, doesn't the message seem... odd?
Do I sound like a chick with big knockers? :crosseye:

The odd thing I'll give you. I'm sure many will agree. :shy:
 

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I agree with Bruce. Recently a bunch of guys on CSW started using avatars of other CSWers and it threw off the readers, (even those who recognized who the poster really was) because the readers had already conditioned themselves to expect what style to read when they saw a certain avatar.
 

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Avatar Theft

I agree with Bruce. Recently a bunch of guys on CSW started using avatars of other CSWers and it threw off the readers, (even those who recognized who the poster really was) because the readers had already conditioned themselves to expect what style to read when they saw a certain avatar.
It has happened on this forum as well. :hush:
 

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I don't know what the fuss is about, I just have avatars turned off - who wants all your ugly mugs staring out at them while they read anyway?
 

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further proof of our weirdness...

"I agree with Bruce. Recently a bunch of guys on CSW started using avatars of other CSWers and it threw off the readers, (even those who recognized who the poster really was) because the readers had already conditioned themselves to expect what style to read when they saw a certain avatar."

It says something, good or bad, that we have pictures of each other to do that with...
 

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I promise not to photoshop them

It says something, good or bad, that we have pictures of each other to do that with...
Speaking of that, I'm still waiting on that picture of your wife and oldest daughter... :halo:
 

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You just keep walking around the rusted out Hemi Roadrunner on blocks and past the outhouse in your front lawn to the mail box to check for it. I'll send 'em real soon....

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I'm gonna need more lotion and moist towelettes

You just keep walking around the rusted out Hemi Roadrunner on blocks and past the outhouse in your front lawn to the mail box to check for it. I'll send 'em real soon....

:)
SWEET! :hurray:

I mean, just whenever you get around to it. No hurry. :devious:
 
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