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Emojis… the language of the future?

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what about an emoji?  Emojis have quickly taken over the world as the emoji keyboard has now surpassed the QWERTY keyboard as the most commonly used. In 2015, the laughing-so-hard-you-cry emoji was even selected by the Oxford dictionary as the word of the year.  But can these smiley-faced-symbols really communicate as effectively as written language?

The answer is yes.  As emojis lend context clues that are otherwise lacking text, it makes sense that they would help ameliorate communication gaps and misunderstandings that are…

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  • Influencers | Social Media
  • Oct 11, 2017

Emojis and Freedom of Speech

Happy face. Sad face. Angry face. There’s no better way to convey these expressions in a text message than through the use of emojis. Usually, in the form of images and icons, emojis serve to increase the precision and clarity of our messages in electronic communication. The emoji world has expanded to include food, animals, and even activities like walking and dancing. Emojis can serve to lighten the mood, convey sarcasm, and overall to communicate in places where words might fail us. Because they’re an extension of our speech…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 11, 2017

Nothing sets the mood like emojis

The complexity of this question (whether or not emojis are protected under the First Amendment) lies within defining what counts as speech or rather, what kind of expression doesn’t count as a form of speech. It’s more difficult than ever to define interpret the First Amendment in terms of what forms of expression and “free speech” it protects because of the variety of mediums and methods we use to communicate.

Take texting, for example. Say friend “A” sends this message to friend  “B”:

“I’ll pick you up in ten…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 10, 2017

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