An interesting take on emoji’s

An interesting take on emoji’s

Have you ever looked at a word and realized
how amazing written language actually is? How did all this come from? And what do emojis have to do with the
earliest forms of written language? Technology has changed the way we communicate with each other. Each day, billions of conversations are exchanged without any
physical interaction.. through text messages. Because the physical element is taken away in these
interactions, misinterpretations lurk just around the corner. Us humans are programmed to read body language and facial expressions.. but also variations in intonation. Take all of this away – in the DM’s for example.. and miscommunications are bound to happen. Not surprisingly, emojis are now an integrated
part of our modern way of communication. Want to let someone know you’re making a joke? Use this emoji.. or.. this one.. Or feel like sexting but don’t want
to be to explicit in your words? Well.. emojis can be very helpful! However, whether the meaning of an emoji is universal,
is up for debate. In different parts of the world,
contrasting interpretations for the same emojis exist. This goes for different generations as well. Deciphering what your aunt means with her emojis,
can be nothing short of rocket science. Someone who has a huge interest in emojis
and their function in nowadays society.. is Jeremy Burge, Editor in Chief at Emojipedia. and is seen as a true emoji historian. Jeremy, How do emojis enrich our modern language? Emojis are unique in the way they’re standardized
to work on all modern computing platforms. In any place that text can be send, emojis can be send too.. which makes them extremely versatile. Some concepts such as empathy our humor don’t
always translate well into the written word.. so emojis can enrich how we communicate with one another As you can hear, there’s an interesting connection between
emojis and the earliest forms of written language. Written language has been around for a long time. Writing is the physical manifestation of a spoken language. It can be traced all the way back to 3500 BCE.. where it originated in the Sumer region of Mesopotamia,
modern day Iraq. This early writing was called ‘cuneiform’.. and consisted of specific marks in wet clay. This was used as a method to keep track of stocks,
like wheats, reed and fish. Their symbols started out as pictographs, easy to understand. But drawing them took a lot of time and was therefore
transformed into the more effective but abstract cuneiform. In a strict sense, the pictographic language
literally represents a physical object. Interface designers of today have mastered this principle. Just look at the icons on your desktop or phone. Like this trashcan.. or a floppy disk. The ancient Egyptians took pictographic language one step further.. the pictograph did not stand for a complete word. Each pictograph had a specific sound. So you need a multitude of hieroglyphs to make up one single word.. a bit like the alphabet we use today. As written language evolved, it became more and
more complex and therefore harder to learn. In the middle ages, a majority of people did not know how to read. Because only the lucky few were able to get an education. So, what if you are a big institution with a message to sell? Well, you use powerful and recognizable images. The Catholic Church knew this principle. This is why an image like this one, by Fra Angelico,
is instantly recognizable. It is the Virgin Mary, with baby Jesus. Mary was almost always dressed in a blue robe… and almost always had a halo, a sign of holiness.. and almost always had a white lily with her,
the sign of virginity and purity. And there are thousands of paintings from this time,
with the exact same scene. The church told their story through images and symbols like
these because the people knew how to interpret them. In art and religion, symbolism has always
been a great way to tell a story.. and once again we’re using that, with our emojis. One thing is for certain: emojis are
a very good communicative system. They allow people to communicate abstract things such as emotions.. actions.. or impressions that they don’t
feel they can express in written text. From a pictographic standpoint.. this a pretty impressive leap from its origin 5000 years ago. Museums are filled with examples of pictographic language.. whether it is ancient cuneiform or the Virgin Mary. Should emojis be a part of that collection? Jeremy, what do you think? Are emojis art? Emojis are definitely art.. and more! Let us know wheter you think emojis ar art or not.. and give us your suggestions for future episodes of Is this Art?
Thanks for watching!

21 thoughts on “An interesting take on emoji’s

  1. Lolz, the choice to mispronounce stuff because you're talking about writing and emojis was inspired and I thought it was hilarious. Kudos my duder!

  2. I love the graphics for this episode – not just the emojis but also the little clay cellphones and other animations. It was also cool to hear from an expert in the field

  3. It almost sounds as if emoji's today carry a form of symbolism, much like (religious) paintings used to have. A peach in the right context is a butt, a man holding a key is likely to be the apostle Peter.
    Maybe it would be interesting to do a episode about symbolism in emoji's or memes? Memes could almost be a collection of allegories in the way they try to be a metaphor for a action or feeling. Loving this series!

  4. Seen in some travel show, that still some parts of the world use pictures as their political program billboards.

  5. This felt more like are emojis language 😛 Which is already pretty much universally excepted. On the art side they are actual pictures, someone designed them to convey a message.

  6. You put so much effort into these videos, you deserve much more attention! I also love that you appreciate details of modern culture instead of being cynical about them 🙂

  7. GRAMMAR IS IMPORTANT! The plural of emoji is emojis, not emoji's…… c'mon, people. How are we to take seriously your thinking when you cannot catch grand errors like this? Sure, most people today don't read much and won't catch it, but those among us who do read see such errors and immediately question subscribing to such faulty output. If you can't pluralize correctly, what else do you get wrong??????

  8. Yes this is art too.. Was it good a good idea to make an emoji moive.. I say no that was a not so great idea. Here is subject matter for you. Is porn art.. If you ask me I would say yes.. But not ever one see it that way.

  9. In my opinion, emoji's are not art but a new for of expression to be integrated into language. They allow for easier and more concise expresion of emotions.

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