It’s funny how humans talk about progress and evolution but when it comes to the simple things, such as language, it appears that we go way back in time. Or even worse, we are destroying everything that was built by those ahead of us. Even our ancestors had complex manners to communicate, long before written language started to take shape and geographically differentiate. Those ancient drawings were hiding secret meanings that we ourselves, with all the evolution behind, still fail to understand. Symbols die, leaving place to barren pictograms, basically showing in an obvious manner what simple, basic words can deliver.
This could be another definition for emoji, the pictogram craze that everyone is into, nowadays. Burritos, tacos, hearts, racially imagined pictograms, rainbows, and the list can go on with other rather useless drawn lines which practically mean nothing, hide nothing behind their childish design and say nothing more but hey, what’s up. This is how our language has evolved. To a basic, almost Neanderthal-resembling “what’s up”. Emoji are great at “what’s up” and humans are great at talking about nothing, so a new list of popular emoji is coming right up.
The group that designs and approves emoji is presently looking at 38 new animations that could be included in the next release. New candidates include a pregnant woman, a new emoji wearing a cowboy hat, bacon, a shark and an owl and an eagle. Well, why would you text your boyfriend or husband to tell him honey, we need to talk and deliver the news about a new baby, by looking him in the face, when you can simply send an emoji showing a pregnant character?
Why would you spend time to actually talk to someone when nowadays emoji says it all? Well, let’s keep away from rhetoric, as there’s no emoji yet imagined for that and words are simply too much.
Back to our beloved emoji, the Unicode Consortium is the organization responsible with approving the animated faces, objects and people and the next official list of approved emoji will most probably be released next year. Unicode has already posted the list of present candidates to its website, with mock-ups created by Emojipedia.
Unicode is the authority that decides how each emoji should be designed but style and other aspects related to detail are left to other platforms. Twitter, Apple, Google and Microsoft can all create their own particular versions of emoji.
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