The emoji craze got so serious that now we have an official emoji celebration day, set on July 17. Ever since the first emoji saw the press of Enter on or chat boxes, the world of virtual communication has seen a dramatic change. Entire words and phrases can now be replaced with a cute, funny, entertaining, suggestive icon simply known as emoji.
The digital pictograms were especially designed to save us time from constructing entire sentences, thus imagine a more minimalistic way of communicating. On the other hand, an emoji can always offer a more informal and laidback tone to our day-to-day virtual dialogues. If a little yellow smiley face can bring a smile on our faces, then the little emoji pictograms deserve their own day of celebration.
World Emoji Day was created by the founder of Emojipedia, source of all things emoji. Jeremy Burge set the day on July 17, date depicted on the Apple calendar Emoji, representing the exact time when the tech giant launched iCal.
This year’s celebration made room for 41 new pictograms, including five which act as color modifiers, imagined to increase the racial diversity among emoji characters. The emoji craze didn’t escape political correctness, sign that it’s increasing in popularity and use.
Unicode Consortium is the organization responsible with releasing all that is new in the emoji universe, encoding and standardizing emoji figures. Among the new requests there are burritos (everybody loves a colorful, animated burrito icon), cheese wedge, popcorn, turkey, taco and bottle with popping cork. From the public preferences, we can conclude that the world is inclined to eat more and talk more about food. The times when we used smiley faces to complete our sentences are long gone, now more sophisticated pictograms can speak a thousand words instead of us.
Taco Bell is already a strong player in the emoji business and is currently helping lead the charge to add a taco. A number of important publications got into the popular universe of emoji as well and have suggested their own personal additions. Furthermore, 15.000 supporters of the redhead community currently campaign for representation on Change.org.
A famous film director, Jean Luc Godard, has released a movie called “Goodbye to language”. Written and spoken language are facing a decline in front of visual representation which made its way to replace our language. Pictures are easier and breezier when it comes to informal communication so the world is embracing simplicity and minimalism over sophistication and meaning, with a completely new, revamped, revived form of language: emoji. Emoji enthusiasts all over the world, celebrate the new paradigm you are creating: the rise of visual communication at its most intimate level.
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