are where they always were - in the drawer in my desk that marked "Things we will never use on this forum under any circumstances except over my dead body". If people can't communicate using the written word without the need for a mass of grinning, winking graphic assistance there's something sadly wrong with modern education.
As for where people get "all this stuff", well, they get it from the internet. Simply type a word into a Google search, and you'll be confronted with more links than you can shake a stick at.
I use software that searches multiple search engines simultaneously, and provides me with thousands of links. Nobody can work on a forum like this without search engine help - it doesn't matter how good their bookmarks etc. are.
The trick with search engines is to know how to use them - what you type in as a search term is critical in determining the quality and accuracy of the results.