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Published on Dec 6, 2013

In the digital age, we increasingly use written language in place of face to face chat or phone calls. But the advantages email, chat, and text give us in speed come with limitations in communicating emotional tone. Enter emoticons and emojis. Not just a playful supplement to language, these new tools allow for complexity in tone and emotion never before possible in written language, as well as provide new opportunities for creative expression. Rapidly spreading throughout culture, emoticons and emojis fill a void in written language that few realized we so desperately needed.

Featuring:
Ben Zimmer, Linguist & Lexicographer http://benzimmer.com/
Mitchell Stephens, Prof. of Journalism, NYU http://journalism.nyu.edu/faculty/mit...
Fred Benenson, Creator of "Emoji Dick" http://www.emojidick.com/


Music:
1) WOAHFOX - http://www.youtube.com/user/WOAHFOX/v...
2) TeknoAxe - http://www.youtube.com/show/teknoaxes...
3) "Bloody tears" by Kupa - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kup...
4) "8-bit Love" by Shem - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nKcPa...


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