Why so much emoji nonsense?

James Kass via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Thu Feb 15 20:37:02 CST 2018

On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 6:19 PM, Phake Nick via Unicode
<unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
> 2018-02-16 04:55, "James Kass via Unicode" <unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
> Ken Whistler replied to Erik Pedersen,
>> Emoticons were invented, in large part, to fill another
>> major hole in written communication -- the need to convey
>> emotional state and affective attitudes towards the text.
> There is no such need.  If one can't string words together which
> 'speak for themselves', there are other media.  I suspect that
> emoticons were invented for much the same reason that "typewriter art"
> was invented:  because it's there, it's cute, it's clever, and it's
> novel.
> By the standard of "if one can't string word together that speak for
> themselves can use otger media", then we can scrap Unicode and simply use
> voice recording for all the purposes. →_→
>> This is the kind of information that face-to-face
>> communication has a huge and evolutionarily deep
>> bandwidth for, but which written communication
>> typically fails miserably at.
> Does Braille include emoji?  Are there tonal emoticons available for
> telephone or voice transmission?  Does the telephone "fail miserably"
> at oral communication because there's no video to transmit facial tics
> and hand gestures?  Did Pontius Pilate have a cousin named Otto?
> These are rhetorical questions.
> Tonal emoticon for telephone or voice transmission? There are tones for
> voice based transmission system
> And yes, there are limits in these technology which make teleconferencing
> still not all that popular and people still have to fly across the world
> just to attend all different sort of meetings.
> For me, the emoji are a symptom of our moving into a post-literate
> age.  We already have people in positions of power who pride
> themselves on their marginal literacy and boast about the fact that
> they don't read much.  Sad!
> Emoji is part of the literacy. Remember that Japanese writing system use
> ideographic characters plus kana, it won't be odd to add yet another set of
> pictographic writing system in line to express what you don't want to spell
> out.

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