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Here is a 2016 study of cross-cultural—and cross-platform—dissonance in the interpretation of emoji by members of GroupLens, a research group of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota: https://grouplens.org/site-content/uploads/Emoji_Interpretation.pdf
And here is a picture of the world headquarters where emoji originate:
I strongly suspect that, in a short number of years, there will be only one universal reaction to emoji: a cringe of embarrassment.
Scott-Martin Kosofsky said:I strongly suspect that, in a short number of years, there will be only one universal reaction to emoji: a cringe of embarrassment.
Ray Larabie said:We've yet to see a tasteful application of emoji but I think the potential is there.
It's all down to the younger generation. They'll determine whether or not they're still around in a century.
Ray Larabie said:A new globally understood ideogrammatical alphabet is developing
right before our eyes. It's not made of monochromatic strokes like the
rest of the Unicode table, but it's a writing system.
Mark Simonson said:
I think you're right about the value of emoji, Ray, but I find it uninteresting as a type designer. Mainly because a lot of the value of emoji depends on visual consistency across different emoji sets.
Bhikkhu Pesala said:
Yes. I feel like, on Typedrawers many classify emoji as cultural garbage and people who use it, low-cultured and/or feeble minded. Make fun of it if you like. Sometimes emojis are misunderstood but you can say that about words too. Language is imprecise. Emoji characters will continue to be added to the Unicode table. I think it's unlikely that all Emoji will removed from the table at any point in the future. Even if you think the smiley faces are dumb, the emoji range in Unicode has lots of useful slots. There's finally a set of proper media shuttle control buttons. New places for warning signs, wayfinding symbols, map symbols, clocks, flags etc.
People use emojis because they're stupid? Uncultured? Great authors use words but so do regular folks. You think that's funny? Dumb people using pictures because words are too hard? Duh. Emoji has been in use in Japan for almost 2 decades. It's completely normal for Japanese people of all ages to use them in everyday phone communication. Yes, even smart people use them. My accountant uses them. He doesn't use them in business correspondence but he uses them in a texting applications to set up an appointment. It's what's expected when a Japanese person uses a texting application. In Japan, not including emoji in a text can be perceived as curt. Maybe ideogrammatical symbols work better with a language that includes ideograms. Is their culture stupid? I'm gonna say, no. Maybe you should try learning something about how the real world communicates and stop acting so smug about your exquisite English language skills.
You're really proud of that tweet? First of all, you just called Shigetaka Kurita stupid, so that's rather unkind and frankly, rather unprofessional. I guess you think the person who unified all the different Japanese phone company encoding into Unicode is grunting dum dum. I'll pass it along. I guess I'll have to use a lot of emojis when I type so he'll understand. And I suppose the Unicode consortium is just full of dopes. None as smart as Hrant.
You should be ashamed of that tweet. That was pretentious, snobbish thing to write.
Jess McCarty said:I can easily imagine fired-up millennials circumventing a repressive government's online censorship or organizing a protest by using visual language that only they understand.
Ray Larabie said:
That's Unicode 1F627: anguished face.