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Nothing sets the mood like emojis

Addy Rogers, Pepperdine studentThe 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…

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

Emojis convey messages

Philippe Marco, Pepperdine studentPaul Cohen was a 19-year-old store worker, decided to wear a jacket that had the words “Fuck the Draft. Stop the War”, which was in reference to the Vietnam War. At this time this was a very powerful way to express his emotions of the war and this is why he was brought up with the charges of “ disturbing the peace and quiet of ay neighborhood or persons by offensive conduct”.

Now in today’s society, we are expressing our emotions and ideas in so many…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 09, 2017

A Brief History of Emojis

History of EmojisIn the late 90’s, Shigetaka Kurita invented the emoji in response to an early mobile website that had been launched.  The site was similar to ones that we are used to today.  It combined things like weather, news, and entertainment on a single platform.  A critical difference, however, is that instead of using symbols to explain things like the weather (sun for sunny or cloud for cloudy), it would say things like “fine” or “bad.”  This was terribly confusing for Kurita as “fine” could mean a whole…

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  • Influencers | Social Media
  • Oct 04, 2017

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