๐Ÿ˜• My Emoji Anxiety ๐Ÿ˜“

Yesterday (July 17) was World Emoji Day, and I felt a bit like Chicken Little.ย chickenemoji.png

The thought of emoji taking over human communication flashed across my mind, and I feared for the state of the written word. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Are we falling back into the age of hieroglyphics? Will we lose the nuances only a written sentence can provide? Can emoji actually help communication cross language barriers or will cultural perspectives trip us up?๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿ‘ณ๐Ÿ’‚

Just look at the emoji translation of the first line of Herman Melvilleโ€™s Moby Dick:EmojiCallmeIshmaelI donโ€™t get it.

Will I be forced to learn a new language? (Seriously, Iโ€™m finally getting English straightened out in my head!) ๐Ÿ˜–

To calm my fears, I did what I usually do: I looked on the Web to see what other people are thinking. Turns out, most โ€œexperts” believe that emoji will augmentย writing much like facial expressions and hand gestures augmentย speaking.๐Ÿ™†

As someone of Italian descent, Iย thinkย I can live with that.๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ’

 

P.S. I’m not fluent in emoji. If I’ve created something negative or off-color, it was unintentional. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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