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Emojis and Freedom of Speech

Mina Kim, Pepperdine studentHappy 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…

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

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

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