Tower of Babble: The Emoji Paradox
Editor’s Note: This piece by Zoe Mendelson originally ran in the Fall 2015 Text issue of PRINT. It featured text on the left-hand side of the spread, and was entirely transcribed in emoji on the right-hand page. The emoji translation follows the piece here. The BBC recently called emoji the UK’s fastest-growing language. But is emoji a language? Language hinges on a convention of signification, a system of obeyed rules agreed upon by users. Symbols must have a fixed meaning.