People are really very, very poor at listening to tone these days, even when the format is audio-visual and not merely written. For example if I give myself a backhanded compliment and say something like, “Finally I’ve got this written, but it has taken a thousand years. I imagine I must be a writer now,” people will take that as me big-noting myself and trying to seem superior. They don’t understand the irony. They don’t understand that I am making a joke. It is remarkable how little can be conveyed unless you resort to linguistic pablum.