You’ve no doubt heard about or used emojis and seen how much they’ve evolved from the old emoticons that once populated chat rooms and email templates. While emoticons used to give us basic emotions in graphical form, emojis have taken things even further and allowed us to express certain emotions in writing that ordinarily might not be expressible. You can thank the Japanese for that and for not making us have to say the word “pictograph.” They’ve also created close to 800 cryptic emojis to form a near language all its own.
Because it’s now a unique linguistic exercise, what more could it be used for other than just casual text messages and for use on Twitter? According to some, it’s going to be a big deal in the world of security and perhaps bring a safer form of communication that businesses can use everywhere.
Will Emojis Help Bring More Privacy in Conversation?
It’s ironic that Japan brought a code-like language that Americans now use when we were consistently breaking Japan’s codes during World War II. Seventy years later, here we are at a crossroads and worrying about our private information being read, whether on a personal or business level. According to Alley Watch, emojis will become a major trend this year in being used beyond younger demographics. Adults will start using them in ways that could potentially bring more privacy to business conversations.
Would that really work in a time when encryption doesn’t seem to be 100% reliable and the NSA seems to still have temporary power to look in? It may have to be, especially when discussing overly secret topics, as in trade secrets. Alley Watch above notes that, eventually, new careers called emoji semiotics will have to emerge. Those working in that field will help everyone learn emoji as a new language only true adherents get as much as Pig Latin.
Would Emoji Code Still Be Broken?
Once those semiotic jobs become plentiful, it’s easy to think terrorists and other spies will be able to break emoji code in conversations. Then again, if we place our own personal meanings behind each emoji, it may not be completely broken. If done successfully, there may finally be one language left that can’t be broken by a hacker or terrorist.
How would that work in the world of business? Would the business community allow the use of it in emails and other business correspondence? With business secrets being ripped off so easily nowadays, even trade secrets could be written in emoji to help seal it in stone and obfuscate on the real meaning.
Emojis in Our General Culture
The New Yorker showed us just how much emojis are in our culture now by doing a piece about a recent art exhibit in New York featuring nothing but emojis. They also mention the use of emojis in a Katy Perry music video and how some TV shows are providing live emoji feeds during telecasts.
Because of the ambiguity, it may give you a headache trying to understand emojis if you haven’t used them before. It’s why businesses should start exploring the concept now to get ready for the world where emoticons can perhaps save the world’s lessened sense of security.
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