Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What Do The Little Pictures Mean?

If I send you a text and append πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸ’ at the end of it, do you understand my meaning? Do emojis have any agreed on meaning? Do different age groups interpret them differently? Do emojis have regional or cultural dialects that change how they are understood?

Is πŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺ a threat? Or this πŸ˜‘πŸ˜ˆπŸ”¨?

How are they interpreted in a larger context? Are they significant at all?

When the messages between parties are taken as evidence in court cases, the potential contextual meaning of emojis can't be ignored. So far, it can't be agreed on either, but Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman is working on the topic. He has been studying the way we communicate on-line.

My favorite line in the article is:
As unsettled as emoji law is today, it’s only going to get more complicated as technology evolves. For example, we generally assume emojis are static, but they can be animated. Apple’s animojis reflect the sender’s facial movements, and Samsung’s “AR emojis” are personalized animated avatars
I dunno what it means? Is it funny? Threatening? Does it depend on the context or is it open to be reinterpreted by the receiving party? Are emojis protected by the 1st Amendment? It's a brave new world.

Or maybe not.



4 comments:

Old NFO said...

Heh, which is why I pretty much never use them!

A Reader said...

I stick to words and emoticons.

Unknown said...

The Japanese character-based written language (Kanji) is basically just a bunch of pictures.


- Don in Oregon

ASM826 said...

Don, it is. It also so difficult to learn, being concept based, that only about 10% can read a newspaper in that language. They also use a phonetic alphabet that everyone learns.