Skip to comments.A Middle Finger, but Still No Emoji People of Color
Posted on 06/16/2014 10:18:08 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
Some colossal works do not arrive with a clap of thunder, a rending of the earth, or a smiting of cities. Some we register only as a shuffling of papers. An engineer or bureaucrat files some documents, fills out a couple forms, checks the final technical specs, hits publishand at once the world is changed forever.
So it was today, when the non-profit Unicode Consortium announced its new version, Unicode 7.0. The unicode standard dictates how modern computing devices turn code into letters. Its a complex set of commands that translates code into letters. (At its most rudimentary, this system tells your phone or laptop that 01100001 means a.) A new unicode standardthis is version 7.0usually means especially good things for languages that dont use the standard Roman alphabet. This particular release, for instance, includes the new Russian currency sign and improved directions for writing in the Indic languages.
But this release also brings gifts for speakers of all languages, for beyond letters and accounting signs, something else springs from unicode: emoji. Thats rightwith todays new unicode standard comes the description of new types of emoji.
These are, to my mind, the 10 most exciting ones.
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
I remember many years ago, discussing with someone in China, the “Marxism” of colors. Of course, red was always good. But what about other colors? What was their ranking in the political correctness of the day?
someone’s obsession with racial characteristics and fairness of emoji is a kind of societal-induced mental-illness which always comes and goes, and takes different forms, and never lasts very long.
I’m really interested in how one would go about, even in theory, portraying ethnic identity via emoji.
Hispanics in a sombrero and serape?
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