Object 1: Twitter – a tweet made by @selenalarson

May 27, 2021


Communication through social media platforms and iMessage’s have increased particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Evolving from letters to iPhones, receiving a message has developed in style and rapidity. Emojis are small digital images which can be used as replacements and abbreviations to words. They help convey a sentiment and meaning which can easily be miscommunicated. This can be seen in the text messages shared between @selenalarson and her mother. Once a person creates their own word or meaning behind an emoji it may be difficult due to another person’s idea on that emoji. This shows the challenges with are raised by the dissemination and communication of emojis.

One way in which this tweet contributes to this exhibition is the dissemination of how the emoji was interpreted between @selenalarson and her mother. This digital image shows a smiling face with two hands, a simple icon like this can be interpreted in many different ways. Facing the challenges of this miscommunication defeat the purpose of being able to use emojis for its rapid use which is one of the main reasons people include these digital icons in their texts. Some people believe emojis are used as a code having its very own keyboard on most technology. This can be seen next to a variety of keyboards filled with many languages. Essentially emojis have become a whole new alphabet filled with expressions, animals and food.

Emojis can be used on different devices such as apple, google and Samsung. It is possible to send a message to a completely different design of a device such as apple to Samsung. The only challenge is, is that the person receiving the message may get a contrasting digital image. It may be the possible outcome of most miscommunication which could possibly have been the case for @selenalarson and her mother. In summary emojis which are sent daily and are being analyzed on the different ways the icon may be presented. Either positively, negatively or even sarcastically.

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