Yesterday (July 17) was World Emoji Day, and I felt a bit like Chicken Little.
The thought of emoji taking over human communication flashed across my mind, and I feared for the state of the written word. 😥
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?👸👳💂
Just look at the emoji translation of the first line of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick:I don’t get it.
Will I be forced to learn a new language? (Seriously, I’m finally getting English straightened out in my head!) 😖
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 “experts” believe that emoji will augment writing much like facial expressions and hand gestures augment speaking.🙆
As someone of Italian descent, I think I can live with that.🍕💁
P.S. I’m not fluent in emoji. If I’ve created something negative or off-color, it was unintentional. 😳