Last night, The Sum of All Fears was on the telly. At the climax, Washington and the Ruskies are IM’ing each other after a small nuclear device is set off by fascists on U.S. soil. The fascists are attempting to provoke the Russians and Washington into a nuclear war. If they would have read this Wired article perhaps they would have picked up the phone and avoided the awkward, seconds-to-destruction nuclear snapcount. Comfirming what is obvious to many, textual communcation poorly conveys emotion. It seems that people are no better than chance at correctly picking up the tone of an email. Which brings us to our word of the day: Egocentrism.