8.10.2021 – visual language

visual language
pictures worth one thousand words
e moji match thoughts

Back in 1906, Norwegian playwright and theatre director, Henrik Ibsen said “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”

This saying has hung around in multiple versions and styles to “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Which leads to the discussion of sing emojis and the debate question are they shortcuts or do they say more than words?

I read a column today where the writer stated, “It’s time to consider how these little symbols enhance the way we communicate.”

Mr. Benjamin Weissman wrote in his article, Emojis aren’t debasing language – they’re enriching it, that “research seems to support the idea that people excel at processing and understanding sentences that feature text and emojis together. If an emoji replaces a word in a sentence, people comprehend it without issue. If an emoji that doesn’t make sense is added to a sentence, we spend more time trying to make sense of it, just as we do with nonsensical words. “

I have used emoticons a lot.

At some point in the digital age I started questioning the VOICE in which email and texts are read.

Not only how I HEAR how they might have been voiced in conversation.

But how the voice used when an email or text is read to me.

Without fail, my brain hear’s a text or email in the same voice that would have said, REPORT TO THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE – NOW!.

I guess I don’t have to say that I got that message a lot so I know what it sounds like.

As this was the voice I hear, I figured this was the voice everyone heard.

So I used emoticons to soften the message.

A simple 🙂 or :)! served to take the edge off that voice.

But boy did it get me in trouble for NOT BEING PROFESSIONAL.

Also a message that I got a lot.

One of my prize possessions around here somewhere is a book that had been given to me by one of the many upper level vice presidents or something or other in the higher realm of big business that I have brushed past in my career.

This book is inscribed.

“To the most un-corporate person I have ever known.”

I like that.

I may have it carved on my tombstone should I get one someday.

A this moment the plan is ashes in the ocean when the time comes.

But I digress.

I have long pondered the use of emoji in my Haiku.

How many syllables do they take up?

Are they words?

Mr. Weissman writes, “So if emojis aren’t words, what are they? In some sense, emojis give us something we already have with spoken/signed language. In face-to-face communication, as well as using words we also extract meaning from the tone and pitch of the voice, facial expressions, hand gestures, body language – and even the physical setting of the conversation. Emojis, similarly, give us a way to enrich the text-based medium. Just as facial expressions and gestures are intrinsic to our face-to-face conversations, it’s easy for us to use emojis in our electronic conversations to fulfil some of the same functions.”

I had to do a little research on the use of emoji and I found one little nugget of trivia that I just love.

According to Wikipedia, “Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji comes from Japanese e (絵, “picture”) + moji (文字, “character”); the resemblance to the English words emotion and emoticon is purely coincidental.”

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