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What if All New York Times Headlines Ended With an Emoticon?

By Slate Magazine

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  • Ian Myers
    Ian MyersFounder at Country House Enterprises

    Fascinating “what if” from Slate, getting at the larger question of how and where and why we should use emojis appropriately today. Does it work for headlines? Sort of...that’s the job of a headline—convey the most in the shortest length. Is it stylistically attractive? Not really.

    The literature major in me wants to ban all emojis and decry the continued decline of the English language. Realistically, that’s absurd. Before emoji’s texting could get very awkward very quickly and the only way to

    Fascinating “what if” from Slate, getting at the larger question of how and where and why we should use emojis appropriately today. Does it work for headlines? Sort of...that’s the job of a headline—convey the most in the shortest length. Is it stylistically attractive? Not really.

    The literature major in me wants to ban all emojis and decry the continued decline of the English language. Realistically, that’s absurd. Before emoji’s texting could get very awkward very quickly and the only way to convey sentiment and emotion was through strategically placed punctuation.

    So it works. And for the record, the Chinese figured out that pictures work better than words a few thousand years ago.

  • There is also an interesting subtext to this. Who owns and propagates emojis - in essence setting the discourse. Mainly commercial enterprises, so is there a case for an academic, public or at least objective review of the emoticon lexicon?

  • Yoko Gibo
    Yoko GiboVP growth at Willo

    As someone from the origin of emojis and emoticons, Seeing more headlines using emoticons has been shocking and fascinating... I think emojis and emoticons add extra meanings to the tone of communication and the relationships between people(person & person, publisher & readers etc). It definitely narrows the gap in relationships and works positively! I personally feel closer and more open when I see colleagues using emojis in work communications and its a great ice breaking tool too!

  • Kyo Kaku
    Kyo KakuVice President at China-Japan J/V

    Hahaha people just found out Japanese are good at this kind of art ✌︎('ω'✌︎ )

  • EmojiDick.com - enjoy.

  • What is they all ended with a ? Like this one does?

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