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Language evolves… now with emojis?

Madison Harwell, Pepperdine studentEmoticons are a product of technology that has ingrained itself in our society. These harmless electronic pictures have extended our language in surprising and mysterious ways. In Cohen v. California, the United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction against Paul Robert Cohen in 1971 for allegedly disturbing the peace in courthouse displaying the phrase “F--- the Draft” on his jacket. The Court ruled that because it didn’t constitute an incitement to violence or offense directly at a particular person it was permissible and he was unjustly…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 16, 2017

Yesterday, curse words.  Today, emojis?

Kristin Vartan, Pepperdine studentEmojis act almost as transferrable posters. In retrospect, I believe that emojis are expressions of emotions. They display how a person may feel in a certain moment when words are not enough.

As "face-to-face" conversation is not always possible, emojis are the twenty-first-century society’s way of sharing virtual facial expressions with one another. An example would be if a friend texted another friend something funny, their way of communicating that they’re laughing extremely hard is by texting back a crying from laughter emoji.

In certain cases,…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 12, 2017

Emojis… the language of the future?

Emojis Language of the FutureIf 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…

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  • Influencers | Social Media
  • Oct 11, 2017

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