Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Adam Twardoch (
Date: Fri Jan 09 2009 - 06:15:44 CST

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    John Hudson wrote:
    > to encode emoji and similar non-text content

    I'm sorry, but I fail to see how emoji is non-text. To me, emoji are
    very much text -- as I wrote before, they're the new, vastly extended
    set of punctuation characters.

    The exclamation sign and the question mark (in various combinations)
    convey information about the tonality and other non-verbal aspects of
    speech recorded in writing. They've been a simple convention used in
    long continuous texts such as those produced in the Middle Ages.

    But today, I don't see any difference between "--", ":)" and ":P" --
    they are all imperfect ASCII representations of more elaborate signs.
    "--" stands for "—", ":)" stands for "☺" and the proper representation
    of ":P" is not yet encoded.

    Emoji are not non-text signs, they are non-verbal signs, just like the
    traditional punctuation signs. I see no reason why they should not be


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