Previously published in LARMAGAZINE.025 Language and Techology
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In the mid-90s, the Japanese telephone company Docomo began experimenting with a new symbology for written communication. Through his experimentation, Shigetaka Kurita found that an efficient way of communication could be through small images that economize words and were clear at the same time; thus were born the first emojis.
First they were supposed to be simple images that could share emotions; that’s why the smiley face infiltrated so deeply in the 90s pop culture. But as urban languages started to develop through emoticons and emojis, they left their informal character behind to consolidate a new method of communication which, next to geographical languages and binary programming, would be effective in the internet.
Today, emojis are part of our daily life, and they are associated as a complement for written communication, but in order to understand their connotation and transformation...